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With a holiday or short break in Carlisle, you can relive the history of a 2000 year old city. Explore unspoiled countryside in two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, indulge in some serious retail therapy and then relax in accommodation of the highest quality.

Carlisle has a unique mix of independent retailers’ shoulder to shoulder with some great high street brands. Undercover, The Lanes Shopping Centre is an ideal all-weather destination with more than 70 stores, while The award-winning Victorian Market Hall has an unhurried traditional atmosphere. Carlisle has a huge range of restaurants and eateries to cater to every gastronomic taste and pocket too!

We have some great ideas of things to do in Carlisle, including some great indoor attractions and activities, not to mention an amazing programme of annual and high profile events to entertain the whole family. Carlisle has an excellent selection of live music venues throughout the city catering for every genre.

Close by, you can marvel at the legacy of the once mighty Roman Empire at the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. Walk or cycle through beautiful countryside or unwind by tranquil lakes and streams.

The beautiful countryside around Carlisle contains many hidden treasures that are a delight to everyone looking for a unique experience. Explore the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll find standing alone on the marsh, the King Edward I monument. Edward who died on the marsh planned to unify the kingdoms of England and Scotland.

Carlisle is the crossroads for the West Coast Mainline from London Euston to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and has direct services from West Cumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne and the North East. The world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway terminates in Carlisle bringing visitors from Leeds and Yorkshire though breath-taking countryside into the heart of the city.

Find trains to Carlisle and plan your journey today!