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A city steeped in history Carlisle is known as the ‘great border city’ and today is a vibrant place with great shops, a variety of places to eat and drink, and lots of culture from museums and galleries, to theatre, music, comedy and events.

In Roman times Carlisle was known as ‘Luguvalium’ and was an important fort and civitas. The interactive Roman Gallery at Tullie House Museum explores how life changed when the Romans arrived in Carlisle and investigates the difference between life 2000 years ago and global frontiers today.

Carlisle’s location made for a turbulent past with frequent battles between the English and the Scots for possession. It was the most besieged place in the British Isles (held to siege 10 times in its history) and has played an important role in many key events that shaped the country. Carlisle Castle was a vital part of the defense of the city; today it a much loved landmark and visitor attraction and has many stories to tell!

What's Nearby

  1. Hallmark Hotel

    Hallmark Hotel Carlisle

    4 star city centre 70 bedroomed hotel adjacent to Carlisle railway station. Brasserie and bar open...

    0.21 miles away
  2. Ashleigh Guest House

    Ashleigh Guest House

    Located in the city centre we are a perfect location for all that Carlisle has to offer. The...

    0.24 miles away
  3. Abberley House

    Abberley House

    A charming Victorian Guest House located in the centre of Carlisle offering great value bed and...

    0.38 miles away
  4. The Old Brewery Residences

    The Old Brewery Residences

    We are a halls of residence situated on the river Caldew, next to Carlisle Castle. Only a few...

    0.39 miles away
  1. Derwentlea Guest House

    Derwentlea Guest House

    0.41 miles away
  2. Angus Hotel

    The Angus Hotel & Almonds Restaurant

    A family-run hotel, situated just ten minutes walk to Carlisle city centre.

    0.62 miles away
  3. Cherry Grove Guest House

    Cherry Grove Guest House

    A fine redbrick Victorian Guest House in Carlisle, built circa 1890. Ideally situated 1 mile from...

    0.66 miles away
  4. Knockupworth Hall

    Knockupworth Hall

    The property is set back from the road, giving us privacy and quietness. We often get pheasants and...

    1.95 miles away
  5. Linstock Barn

    Linstock Barn

    2.06 miles away
  6. Wallfoot Hotel & Restaurant

    Wallfoot Hotel & Restaurant

    Wallfoot Hotel and Restaurant provides comfortable accommodation and great food just three miles...

    2.71 miles away
  7. Green Acres

    Green Acres Caravan Park

    Small, friendly, family-run touring park with views of the fells yet only 2 miles from M6....

    3.7 miles away
  8. Stonewalls Campsite

    Stonewalls Campsite

    6.15 miles away
  9. String of Horses Inn

    String of Horses Inn

    The String of Horses is a traditional 17th Century Coaching Inn & Restaurant with oak panelling,...

    6.7 miles away
  10. Highfield Farm

    Highfield Farm

    Highfield farm Bed & Breakfast is a unique and special place to stay. Visit England rated; 4 star...

    6.94 miles away
  11. Hillside Farm

    Hillside Farm

    Come and stay in a Georgian Grade II Listed farmhouse built in 1856 on the Solway Coast. With...

    6.94 miles away
  12. Vallum Barn

    Vallum Barn

    Spacious converted barn easily accessible from M6 and only 5-minutes walk from the country pub....

    7.15 miles away
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