Carlisle - the Great Border City - is the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre in the northern half of Cumbria. It is home to the University of Cumbria and has a thriving nightlife and multi-cultural restaurant scene. Less than half-an-hour from the beauties of the Lake District, the city boasts a castle, cathedral and the award-winning Lanes shopping centre.
The Romans established a settlement here, primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the priory into a cathedral. One of the smallest cathedrals in England, Carlisle Cathedral holds daily services and has a lively musical programme.
Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress that has watched over the city of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Tullie House, originally a 17th century private house, has been enlarged and adapted to become one of the finest provincial museums in the country. The Guildhall Museum is housed in the upstairs of Carlisle's only medieval house. Built in 1407, this was the headquarters in the Middle Ages of Carlisle’s eight Trade Guilds.
The Sands Centre is Cumbria and South West Scotland's premier venue for sport and entertainment. From world class orchestras to chart-topping bands, and pantomime to opera, the venue boosts a full music, theatre and comedy programme throughout the year. The centre is also home to extensive gym and sports facilities, with a full exercise programme each week.
Find out more from Carlisle City Council or Discover Carlisle.