Heritage Britain

Carlisle, Cumbria, England


A Historic Tour of Carlisle

Carlisle

Historic Carlisle is a marvellous experience for the visitor, blending its unique heritage with all the modern day facilities of a traffic-free city centre environment. The Great Border City stands proudly at the gateway to one of the most fascinating areas of our country. The region, steeped in myth and legend possesses a rich and colourful past which includes some of history’s most notable characters from ethereal Arthurian legend, to Emperor Hadrian, Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and, of course, Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Carlisle has so much to offer with a variety of attractions, both historic and modern. In travelling to Carlisle, one can discover the beauty and heritage of this unique city, uncovering the mysteries of the Borderlands, once known as the Debatable Lands – this area was once home to the notorious Border Reivers. See the incredible Reivers story told at the Award Winning Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery along with over 2,000 years of history, from medieval pageantry to Roman invasion and on to modern times.

Experience Tullie House’s Millennium Gallery and walkway linking the historic core to the mighty sandstone castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was once incarcerated and the picturesque cathedral with its stunning ceiling. Explore the small but perfectly formed Guildhall Museum, once headquarters of the city’s eight craft guilds. For an exclusive preview of tomorrow’s designs being woven today, Linton Visitor Centre offers a unique opportunity to see how exquisite cloths are produced for the fashion world’s finest, including Coco Chanel & Yves Saint Laurent to name but a few.


All this coupled with an enviable cultural present day, from cosmopolitan bars and coffee shops to state of the art cinemas. Shopping is a wonderful experience in the pretty pedestrianised city centre, Lanes Shopping Centre and Victorian Market Hall. With a host of national chains, independent stores and craft shops Carlisle really is a shoppers ‘ paradise.


No trip is complete without a visit to the scenic beauty of our surrounding countryside including Carlisle’s Northern Borderlands and unique rural attractions including Hadrian’s Wall – World Heritage Site, comprehensively celebrated at Birdoswald Roman Fort & Visitor Centre. With an excellent range of quality accommodation both serviced and self catering, exciting events programme culminating in the Carlisle – the Christmas City event, a host of city walks, trails and country pursuits, Carlisle is the premier touring base for the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Hadrian’s Wall.

For more Information please contact:
Carlisle Visitor Centre
Old Town Hall
Greenmarket
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA3 8JE
Web:  www.historic-carlisle.org.uk
Email:  tourism@carlisle.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1228 625600
Fax: +44 (0)1228 625604

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