Carlisle is an English cathedral and historical fortress city located in the modern county of Cumbria, at the northern end of the Lake District and 10 miles from the Scottish border. It's an ideal base for exploring the English Lake District, the world famous Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland National Park.

Get in

Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Cathedral

By car

The city is only 10 miles from the English-Scottish border. The M6 runs just to the East of the outskirts of Carlisle, giving this city excellent road links with the rest of the country. Carlisle is only two hours from both Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, and Glasgow, Scotland's second and largest city.

By train

The West Coast line, from London Euston through to Glasgow and Edinburgh, stops in the city. There is a branch line going West to the coastal towns of Whitehaven and Workington.

The railway line running east goes via Tyne Valley to Newcastle upon Tyne, taking 90 minutes. There is also an alternative route to Glasgow via Dumfries and Kilmarnock.

Carlisle is also at the northern end of the famous Settle and Carlisle railway line; there are regular steam trains over this route.

By plane

Carlisle has a small airport.

Get around

By foot

Much of Carlisle's history is within walking distance of the city centre.

By bus

Other places can be reached by bus, Stagecoach and Reays operate the bus services in the city.



Museums and Galleries


Carlisle offers easy access to many parts of Hadrian's Wall (though the Hadrian's Wall Footpath is just a scenic route along a path where wall was). The city runs just to the north of this historic landmark.


Strawberry Fields: very good second hand and retro clothing store near the Law Courts.

Bookcase: a massive second hand book store that spans four floors and a basement with a large stock of book, both fiction and non-fiction as well as CDs and LPs. You could spend hours in this store opposite the cathedral that has friendly staff.




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