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Travel Guide to holidays in... Carlisle, Cumbria, England

Situated on the path of Hadrian’s Wall, at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, Carlisle is just ten miles south of the Scottish border. This vibrant town has served as an important military, industrial, commercial and shopping centre for the region since Roman times. Steeped in the past, it offers a range of both historical and modern attractions for the visitor, including museums, theatres, galleries, parks, sports and swimming facilities. The heart of Carlisle’s historic quarter is home to Cumbria's only cathedral, which was founded in 1122 and has been rebuilt several times. Entry is free and voluntary guides are available. The Prior’s Tower is next to the cathedral and accommodates a small exhibition in the Pele tower.

The imposing medieval fortress of Carlisle Castle has watched over the city for 900 years and is within easy walking distance of the city centre. It now houses the Border Regiment Museum which showcases the history of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment, the Border Regiment and the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and local Militia.

The city boasts a covered market and a pedestrianised shopping centre with a range of shops from the major chain stores to the specialist. Here, every August, the Carlisle Food Fair displays produce from across the continent as well as from the local area, including Cumberland sausage, Cumberland mustard and Cumberland sauce.

Other attractions in the area include: Walby Farm Park, with animals, play barn, maize maze and nature trail; Houghton Hall garden centre with its “World in Miniature”; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery; and Birdoswald Fort, one of the main forts on Hadrian’s Wall, commanding spectacular views over the Irthing valley to the Lake District Fells.

Other places nearby include Eksdale, Orton and Brampton. Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

It’s the magnificent scenery that attracts so many holidaymakers to the Lake District. And you’ll find our holiday cottages in Cumbria and the Lakes are perfectly located to make the most of what is arguably the most beautiful region in England.

The Lake District National Park features stunning scenery of high fells and majestic lakes. This is ideal walking country, particularly over the many hills. The Lake District has the highest hills in England, including Scafell Pike, the country’s highest point. And of course there are the lakes themselves: glorious Windermere, pretty Derwent Water and beautiful Ullswater are just some of the highlights of our Cumbria and the Lakes cottage holidays.

For the historically minded, Cumbria offers a wealth of Celtic monuments, Roman remains, stately homes and ruined abbeys. Carlisle still has some of its ancient walls standing, as well as a Norman castle, and the western part of Hadrian’s Wall is nearby. Other places of interest include Penrith, with its castle and remarkably unchanged market square; Keswick, which was once the centre of pencil manufacturing; the busy market town of Kendal and Cockermouth, Wordsworth’s birthplace

Read more about Carlisle at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in Carlisle with Go2.

Map of Carlisle

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Accommodation in Carlisle

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Carlisle

Wondering what to do when you get there? Where to visit? How to keep the kids quiet? Have a browse of the great 'Days Out With The Kids' website to get some ideas.

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Hungry? For great restaurants and cafes in Carlisle pay the following sites a visit...

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Sugarvine - UK Restaurant Guide

For more great dining in Carlisle visit Sugar Vine

If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to Carlisle...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the Carlisle area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in Carlisle

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How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to Carlisle

Transport tavel guide to Carlisle

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

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