Located around ten miles from the Scottish border, Carlisle is one of England's most northerly settlements. Often referred to as the Border City, Carlisle has a wealth of history, dating back to the Roman settlement which housed those manning Hadrian's Wall.
In modern times, Carlisle has earned itself a reputation for being slightly rough around the edges, but it has a good range of amenities including a shopping precinct and varied nightlife.
Motorists can access the city via the M6, which runs around the edge of Carlisle and provides speedy access. However, those driving should always check with the accommodation they are booked into that there will be parking facilities on site.
Meanwhile, visitors arriving by train can enjoy the West Coast Line from London Euston, which terminates at Glasgow and stops in the city centre. There is another rail link going through the west coastal towns of Whitehaven and Workington. Meanwhile, eastwards trains go through Newcastle-upon-Tyne and northwards there is a route to Edinburgh.
International travellers or those coming from afar may want to take advantage of the city's airport, which operates mainly private flights but is under construction to provide an enhanced domestic service.
Why Visit Carlisle?
Carlisle is a city steeped in history with a wealth of attractions to keep visitors entertained. The cathedral, founded in 1112, is a gift for fans of religious architecture, while Carlisle Castle, maintained by English Heritage, has 900 years of history for visitors to immerse themselves in.
The city also has a range of museums, including Tullie House, which is dedicated to exploring all aspects of border life. It has a number of exhibitions relating to Hadrian's Wall and admission is reasonably priced. Meanwhile, the Guildhall Museum is located in the city's only medieval house and gives visitors an insight into life during this period.
Furthermore, Carlisle offers many easy access points to Hadrian's Wall and is located a stone's throw from the Lake District, giving visitors the chance to combine a city break with an escape to the country.