Carlisle is the largest city in the
northwest of England, popular for shopping,
restaurants, bar diners, historic cathedral and
The train station is situated in the city
centre by the gates to the old city centre, as
seen in the image top right. Many of the top
hotels are situated close to the train
The town centre square, as seen in the image
second top right, is situated about 300 yards
from the main gates into the old city centre.
This area has a good number of shops, cafes and
Carlisle Cathedral is situated next to the
city centre square, one of the top attractions
in the city. The area around the cathedral is
extremely scenic, popular with photographers
and artists. The earliest parts of the
cathedral were built in the 1100s.
Carlisle Castle is situated on the north
side of the city centre, with a walkway across
the main road. The earliest parts of the castle
were built in the 1100s. The castle was fought
over during the Scottish Wars of Independance
from the late 1200s - early 1300s, and the War
of the Roses in the 1400s.
Carlisle Old City Walls run from the Castle
in the north to the Citadel by the train
station in the south, about 1 and a half miles
around. The walls were built around the same
time as the castle, from the 1100s, by the
occupiers of the castle, at times Scots, but
Carlisle is a good base for visiting
Hadrian's Wall, with the main section of
Hadrian's Wall being about 20 miles west. There
are regular buses and trains to the towns of
Haltwhistle and Hexham, from where you can use
the Hadrian's Wall Bus to
take you around the main sections of the wall
remaining, and the Roman forts and towns.
Section . Hadrian's Wall Section .