Carlisle offers a wealth of historic and modern attractions. In Carlisle’s Historic Quarter, the social and cultural heart of the city, you will find a castle, cathedral and museums. From a strong medieval market town to the present day contemporary city, Carlisle offers a huge choice of attractions to enjoy, including adventure courses, national sporting events, outdoor and indoor recreation, heritage tours, award-winning parks, nature reserves and beautiful open spaces.

Carlisle has many vibrant areas for entertainment and is a magnet for those looking for a lively way to celebrate. Close to the pedestrianised city centre are many unique watering holes with comfy sofas, impeccable food and a choice of real ales and fine wines.

Events

Events

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Attractions

Attractions

Carlisle offers one of the most compact, level and visitor friendly city centres in the country. The Lanes Shopping Centre has over 70 stores with many leading brands along with independent retailers. The award-winning Market Hall, one of the few remaining traditional covered Victorian Markets, has an unhurried feel and an atmosphere all of its own. The city centre also boasts regular Farmers’ Markets offering an excellent choice of local produce and crafts. Whether you’re here for a spending spree or simply want to explore our many craft and countryside outlets, it’s a vibrant and convenient destination.

Events

  • 17th March 2018 Carlisle Comic Con, Richard Rose Central Academy
  • 23rd May 2018 Poppies: Weeping Window, Carlisle Castle
  • 16th June 2018 The Cumberland Show

What’s On in Carlisle

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.

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Jonathan Pir: Back to the Studio

Friday 23rd March 2018

Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as “electrifying” CHORTLE, “Blistering” Evening standard and ‘desperately misjudged” The Times.

The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.

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Blood Brothers

Monday 26th – Saturday 31st March 2018
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multiaward winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the “Standing Ovation Musical”, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

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Hadrian’s Wall

English Heritage

Hadrian’s Wall Country stretches across the north of England from the west Cumbrian Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass, through Whitehaven,Workington and Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway, along Hadrian’s Wall through Carlisle to Hexham in Northumberland and on to Newcastle upon Tyne, Wallsend and South Shields.

Unlike many other historic places, Hadrian’s Wall Country has something for everyone – world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people.

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The Lakes

Lakes District

The Lake District (or Lakeland, as it’s often known round these parts) is by far and away the UK’s most popular national park. Every year, some 15 million people pitch up to explore the region’s fells and countryside, and it’s not hard to see why. Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the 19th century.

It’s awash with outdoor opportunities, from lake cruises to mountain walks, but many people visit for the region’s literary connections; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and John Ruskin all found inspiration
here.

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