Carlisle Tourist Information
Carlisle, the region's capital and main line station on the London to Scotland West Coast Route is a treasure house of historical interest.
This was an area feared by all for its violence and unrest. Inhabitants lived in constant fear of raids by Border Reivers who would descend on the settlements terrifying the population and driving off the livestock. Peel Towers were constructed by the locals to serve as look-out points and defensive positions. Some of the towers served as homes to the landlords of the area and were large enough to provide shelter and protection for all the villagers during the raids.
The 900 hundred year old castle is a much admired city landmark first built as a defence against invasion from Scotland. It changed hands several times over the centuries and has seen the brief imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, a siege by Parliamentary Forces during the English Civil War and occupation by the Jacobite armies of “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Following the recapture of the castle by the Duke of Cumberland the captured Jacobites were jailed and executed. Visitors to the castle can see the now infamous “licking stones” licked by starving thirsty Jacobite prisoners.
The attractions of Carlisle are not only marked by its history and easy accessibility either by road or rail. Carlisle possesses a well equipped modern traffic free shopping area with top of the range outlets together with a mixture of smaller traditional shops and stores. Restaurants, cafés and pubs serve a variety of Asian and European cookery including the not to be missed trademark fare of meals prepared from local produce.
International orchestras, theatre productions, opera, ballet, pop groups, T.V. personalities all appear regularly at the city's main entertainment venue.
All types of holiday accommodations are to be found either in the city or the surrounding districts. Many of course cater for the needs of walkers and cyclists especially those following the Hadrians Wall route. Carlisle is strongly recommended to those walkers stocking up in preparation for the 73 mile trek to Wallsend, which as the name suggests is the end of the walk (or the beginning).
Getting there by rail:
Getting there by bus:
For further details of these telephone 01228 817000 or visit www.carlisle.gov.uk
Getting there by road:
Border & Kings Regiment Museum
Two floors of displays tell the story of Cumbria ’s County Infantry Regiment from 1702 to date, with uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings, medals including 4 Victoria Crosses and much more. The museum is located within Carlisle Castle.
Phone: 01228 532774 - Fax: 01228 521275
Founded in 1122, Carlisle Cathedral is an impressive building, dominating the skyline from across the city. The building is rich both in decoration and in history, with perhaps the most interesting features being the spectacular vaulted roof and the great East Window.
Phone: 01228 548151 - Fax: 01228 547049
Carlisle City Church
We are a Grade 2 listed building, one of few with a barrelled roof. The building houses 2 churches. One of them, Lowther Street Congregational Church, is the oldest non-comformist churches in the city dating back to 1658. It has connections with the former USA president Woodrow Wilson, whose Grandfather was it's minister. Woodrow Wilson visited the church in 1918 to sign the Versaille Peace Treaty.
Phone: +44 (0)1228 548866
Set in open countryside, the undulating course provides high quality racing every month of the year staging eleven national hunt meetings from September to April and nine flat meetings between April and August.
Phone: 01228 522973 - Fax: 01228 591827
The Guildhall Museum situated in the heart of the city of Carlisle, has been the home to Carlisle’s historic Trade Guilds for over 500 years, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings of the city. Displays feature Guild items and special objects like the great city chest and the medieval stocks. The Guildhall is open April to October and admission is free.
Phone: 01228 534781 - Fax: 01228 810249
Tullie House Museum
Discover Carlisle’s underground Millennium Gallery with its spectacular mix of traditional and cutting edge works. The story is told in dramatic audio visual display, with striking recreations of long vanished scenes and imaginative hands-on displays. There’s something for everyone!
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8TP
Phone: 01228 534781 - Fax: 01228 810249
Border stronghold keep, 1092, on the site of a Roman fort. The 12th C keep has vaulted passages, chambers, staircases & towers. Dungeon and 14th C main gate.
The Castle, Carlisle , Cumbria CA3 8UR
Solway Aviation Museum
Our aircraft collection is based on British jet aircraft that entered service with the RAF during the 1950s and 1960s.
Aviation House, Carlisle Airport , Crosby-on-Eden , Carlisle , CA6 4NW
Phone: 01228 573823
The ruins of the ancient Manor of Clifton, including a 15thC tower block.
Clifton Hall Farm, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria, LA13 0TJ
Phone: 0191 2691214
High Head Sculpture Valley
Cumbria 's unique tourist attraction is a feast for the senses... there is so much to see and do one visit will never be enough.
High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 0PJ
Phone and Fax: 016974 73552
Nearly 2000 years ago, in 122 AD, the Emperor Hadrian embarked on a huge undertaking: to mark the northernmost boundary of Roman Britain with an unusually long fortified wall. Skirmishing tribes were contained behind it for over 350 years and Hadrian's name written indelibly into the history of this evocative and diverse part of the UK .
Today, parts of Hadrian's Wall are still visible; the line of it stretching from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west, and the fortifications continuing down the west coast to Ravenglass.
Settle to Carlisle Railway
The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley , with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.
Carlisle offers one of the most compact, level and visitor friendly city centres in the country. From boutique chic to familiar high-street havens, you will find it all in the award winning The Lanes shopping centre and the pedestrianised main high street.
Visit the award-winning Market Hall, which is now one of the few remaining covered Victorian Markets in the country.
The regular city centre Farmer's Market has a huge variety of food from around the region, and the annual Food Fair and continental market bring in specialist produce from far and near.
Carlisle Shopmobility enables those with walking difficulties to explore the shops with ease, providing free wheelchairs and powered scooters. Please contact Carlisle City Council's Shopmobility Co-ordinator on 01228 625950.
Kingrigg Livery Stables
Kingrigg Farm, Newby Cross, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 6JP
Phone: 01228 711211
Cargo Riding Centre
Cargo, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4AW
Phone: 01228 674300
Border Air Training Ltd
Hangar 30, Carlisle Airport, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4NW
Phone: 01228 573490
Stony Holme Golf Course
Stonyholme Cottage, St. Aidans Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1LS
Phone: 01228 625511
Shapers Health & Beauty Salon
2 Cecil Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1NL
Phone: 01228 810588
The Pools Swimming & Health Centre
James Street , Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5AZ
Phone: 01228 625777
West Walls Theatre
West Walls, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UB
Phone: 01228 533233
Skitby House Restaurant
Kirklinton, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 6DL
Phone: 01228 675013
No 10 Restaurant
10 Eden Mount, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9LY
Phone: +44 (0)1228 524183
The Green, Wetheral, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8ET
Phone: +44 (0)1228 560239
The Old Arcadian Restaurant
77 English Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8LU
Phone: +44 (0)1228 596334
Cecils Treat Cafe & Restaurant
36 Cecil Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1NT
Phone: +44 (0)01228 514868
The New Jade Garden Ltd
141-145 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RZ
Phone: +44 (0)12288 10265
264-266 London Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2QS
Phone: +44 (0)12288 19989
5 Green Market, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8JE
Phone: +44 (0)1228 512305
La Pergola Ristorante
28 Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8TP
Phone: +44 (0)1228 534084
English Damside, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8AU
Phone: +44 (0)1228 525117
44 Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1DN
Phone: +44 (0)1228 591969
68 Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1DR
Phone: +44 (0)1228 592227
Shaha Tandoori & Balti Restaurant
89-91 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RS
Phone: +44 (0)1228 520050
11a Scotland Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9HR
Phone: +44 (0)1228 531495
21- 23 West Tower Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8QT
Phone: +44 (0)1228 522970
Indigo Indian Restaurant
92 Denton Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5EN
Phone: +44 (0)1228 527527
4 Englishgate Plaza, Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RP
Phone: +44 (0)1228 525111
Bells Of Lazonby Ltd. (Bakers)
52 Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 1DR
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 527268
Routledges The Bakers Ltd
The Exchange, Lonsdale St., Carlisle CA1 1BZ
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 818862
Unit 22, Globe La, Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle CA3 8NX
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 514184
Graves (Health foods & products)
14-16 Globe La, Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle CA3 8NX
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 819159
Fax: +44 (0)1228 819159
Health Food Centre
7 Warwick Rd., Carlisle CA1 1DH
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 525228
J J & J Benson (Greengrocers)
36 The Market, Scotch St., Carlisle CA3 8QX
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 548767
Donald Nattrass (Butchers)
57-58 The Market, Scotch St., Carlisle CA3 8QX
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 521959
Eden Valley Wholefoods (Health foods)
34 The Market, Scotch St. , Carlisle CA3 8QX
Phone: +44 (0) 1228 546853
W J Shankland (Taxi)
117 Scotland Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9HH
Patricia Warwick (Taxi)
82 Boundary Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4HT
T J Nugent (Taxi)
88 Pennine Way, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 3RN
Carlisle Drivers (Taxi)
12 Portland Place, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RW
Lamplugh Street Garage, Carlisle , Cumbria CA2 5AU
6a Lamplugh Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5AS
Joan's Cars (Taxi)
35 Esk Street, Longtown, Cumbria CA6 5PU
Motoport (Car hire)
104 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1SN
2-6 Church Street, Caldewgate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5SZ
Stagecoach (Coach operator)
Broadacre House, 16- 20 Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8DA
Caldew Coaches (Private)
Caldew Garage, Barras Lane, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7LX
George Tinniswood Irving (Coaches)
3 Lingyclose Road, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7LB
Stacey's Mini Coaches
38 Richardson Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 6AA
Metcalfe Coaches Ltd
Holly Oaks, The Gill, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7JP