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.
It was from here that Emperor Hadrian, frustrated by his army's inability to control the area of what was then Caledonia and the Brigantes Tribe, ordered the building of a wall to “separate the Romans from the Barbarians”. Well preserved sections of this enormous project, around 7 years in the making, and 73 miles in length, still remain and now the entire length is walked by visitors from all over the world. For details please go to our Hadrians Wall Walk Page.

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.
More evidence of Carlisle's Roman occupation, the English Civil War and cross border attacks is on display at the Tullie House Museum.
Another fine building to have survived these times is the cathedral. Founded in 1122 it is one of the smallest Cathedrals in the country. Stained-glass windows, carvings, medieval paintings, Cathedral and Diocesan silver and treasures chart the path of Christianity in Cumbria over the centuries.

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.
A range of children's indoor play areas are located in the city to entertain the younger family members.
In fact something for everyone can be found both in Carlisle or within comfortable travelling distance to the ruggedness of the Solway Coast or the fells and lakes of the Northern and Southern Lake District where crowd pulling annual summer shows take place in the towns and villages of the region. For details of these, visit our Events Page or see our Lake District Attractions Page.

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:
Carlisle is a main station between London and Scotland on the West Coast Line.
Connections to local services.

Getting there by bus:
Less than half a mile from the railway station is the bus terminus for most of the Long Distance and Express Bus Services with onward connections to Keswick, Penrith, Whitehaven, Brampton.

For further details of these telephone 01228 817000 or visit

Getting there by road:
From London via the M1 and M6.
From Newcastle and the east, the A69.
From the North the M74.

Carlisle Castle


Carlisle Cathedral


Carlisle Shopping


Carlisle Station

Attractions in Carlisle

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

Carlisle Cathedral
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

Carlisle Racecourse
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

Guildhall Museum
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

Carlisle Castle
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

Clifton Hall
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

Hadrian’s Wall
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

Food and Drink in Carlisle

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

Fantails Restaurant
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

Golden Valley
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

Michelangelo Ristorante
English Damside, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8AU
Phone: +44 (0)1228 525117

Casa Romana
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

Stanwix Tandoori
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

Greggs (Bakers)
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

Transportation in Carlisle

W J Shankland (Taxi)
117 Scotland Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9HH
Phone: 0122826253

Patricia Warwick (Taxi)
82 Boundary Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4HT
Phone: 0122831131

T J Nugent (Taxi)
88 Pennine Way, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 3RN
Phone: 0122830770

Carlisle Drivers (Taxi)
12 Portland Place, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RW
Phone: 01228515818

Metro Taxis
Lamplugh Street Garage, Carlisle , Cumbria CA2 5AU
Phone: 01228522088

Cab's Taxis
6a Lamplugh Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5AS
Phone: 01228599999

Joan's Cars (Taxi)
35 Esk Street, Longtown, Cumbria CA6 5PU
Phone: 01228791159

Motoport (Car hire)
104 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1SN
Phone: 01228590155

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2-6 Church Street, Caldewgate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 5SZ
Phone: 01228599877

Stagecoach (Coach operator)
Broadacre House, 16- 20 Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8DA
Phone: 01228597222

Caldew Coaches (Private)
Caldew Garage, Barras Lane, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7LX
Phone: 01228711690

George Tinniswood Irving (Coaches)
3 Lingyclose Road, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7LB
Phone: 01228710810

Stacey's Mini Coaches
38 Richardson Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 6AA
Phone: 01228511127

Metcalfe Coaches Ltd
Holly Oaks, The Gill, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 7JP
Phone: 01228711288

Carlisle related Links: