Holidays in Carlisle
This historic cathedral city, the capital of Cumbria, amply rewards exploration
The only city within the English county of Cumbria, Carlisle is
situated just above the spectacular Lake District and ten miles
south of Scotland's border. Settled since the Iron Age, Carlisle's
location has bestowed the city with a turbulent and bloody
Deemed strategically-important and fortified by the Romans in the first century, Carlisle was repeatedly assailed over subsequent centuries by invaders including Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Danes - who burnt down the city in the ninth century - and Vikings. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Carlisle gained its imposing castle, built upon the original site of a Roman fortress, and joined shortly after by the city's cathedral. Both of these remarkable medieval buildings were built from Cumbria's distinctive red sandstone and are today, unmissable attractions.
Visitors keen to know more about Carlisle's colourful history shouldn't miss the superb Tullie House, which is both a museum charting the evolution of Carlisle and north Cumbria and a gallery showcasing historic and contemporary Cumbrian artworks and textiles.
At its centre Carlisle boasts one of the few surviving Victorian market halls in Britain and the award-winning indoor market is the place to find everything from fresh local produce to Thai street food.
Abundant historic buildings, specialist museums, galleries, parks and attractions ensure that holidays in Carlisle are enjoyable and activity-filled, whilst walks in Cumbria's beautiful countryside are just moments away.