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Places to stay in Carlisle

Situated between Scotland and the Lake District on the path of the famous Hadrian's Wall, Carlisle is a bright, cultured city full to the brim with history.

Norman strongholds and Roman civitas sit happily alongside a contemporary city centre that is also a medieval market town. Surrounded by picturesque countryside, with the Lake District to the south and Scotland just ten miles north, Carlisle is perfectly located to enjoy everything Cumbria has to offer. Take a stroll along the Wall, around a national park or up to the imposing cathedral to experience the best of the city.

Hostels in Carlisle
Hostels in Carlisle

Fans of Theakston's popular ales will no doubt be pleased to learn that the Carlisle branch of YHA is located in an award-winning conversion of the old brewery. Just a short walk from the historic centre and castle, this hostel is also perfectly located for trips to Hadrian's Wall and the Settle-Carlisle railway.


Five Free Things To Do In Carlisle

Hadrian's Wall
Formerly the most heavily-fortified border in the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall stretches from the west coast near Carlisle right across to Wallsend in the east - 73 miles in total!

Carlisle Castle
One of Cumbria's best-loved landmarks, Carlisle Castle has been wowing visitors for nine centuries. Walk around the perimeter wall, or explore the inside of the castle free if you are a British Heritage member.  

Lake District National Park
England's largest national park is full to the brim with breath-taking views and challenging walks - the brave are recommended to give Scafell Pike a try as it is the highest mountain in the land!

Rickerby Park
Acting as a living memorial to the First World War with its silently respectful cenotaph, Rickerby Park is a haven for otters and kingfishers among a host of other wildlife.

Guildhall Museum
Open from July to September each year while undergoing major renovations, the Guildhall Museum is a Grade 1 Listed Building from the 14th century, is full to the brim with medieval exhibits including the Carlisle racing bells.

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