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.

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.

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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.



The Lake District (or Lakeland, as it’s often known around 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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