The Capital of Cumbria, Come visit: We’re Good to Go!

A city linking two UNESCO world heritage sites, Carlisle is adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall, the northern frontier of a mighty empire that once covered most of the known world, and a stone’s throw from the English Lake District a place of astounding natural beauty. Visitors can also explore Carlisle’s two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Solway Coast and the North Pennines.

Image: Solway coast


The largest city in England by area, Carlisle is also one of the most rural. It lies in the far northern corner of England, near the Scottish border, and is the urban capital of Cumbria and the beating heart of the Borderlands region.

Carlisle has over 2,000 years of history. Celts, Romans, feuding Border Reivers and invading armies have all left a fascinating legacy to explore.  This is recognised by the city being one of the ‘England Originals’, which connects the country’s great historic cities with London tourism and  the rest of the country. The city features on the England Originals ‘Wall to Wall’ itinerary route journey which runs from London, via Cheshire and Lancaster to Carlisle.

Award-winning attractions

Explore dungeons and labyrinths at a range of Carlisle attractions: like the medieval castle, the 900 -year-old cathedral and Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life. Take the opportunity to dig deeper into prehistory and explore the edge of the Roman Empire at Tullie House. All less than 500m apart and within the city’s Historic Quarter.

The visitor economy sector in Carlisle, is worth £552 million and supporting 6,749 full time equivalent jobs in 2018, has effectively shut down following the impact of Coronavirus. However, with restrictions lifted all the signs are promising for a strong bounce back. Visitors to Carlisle can explore 2000 years of history and miles of beautiful countryside. Away from visitor hotspots, Carlisle offers a unique opportunity to get away from it all while still having easy access to two World Heritage Sites in Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District National Park. Now is the perfect time to discover Carlisle.

Proximity to the outdoors

Image: Hadrian's Wall, Greenhead Lough

Seen as ‘England’s Last Great Wilderness’ the landscape around Hadrian’s Wall is an ideal get-away from Carlisle’s active urban centre. Alternatively, take the sea-nic route along the Solway Coast by train or car. View rugged coastal areas, experience the diverse wildlife  and see historic industrial settlements. Or adjust your altitude by escaping to the local Lakeland mountains that have inspired some of the greats including  Wainwright, Turner and Wordsworth.

Tullie House is the largest museum in Cumbria and home of the county collections of archaeology and natural sciences and many award-winning galleries. The museum has now reopened following the covid-19 lockdown.

Image: Andrew Mackay

Andrew Mackay, Director of Tullie House says: 'Because we are spacious, we can accommodate hundreds of visitors safely and we are delighted that so many have already returned and are enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family in one of the city’s most popular historic venues.'

Easy to get around and great transport links

Carlisle is off the train from London, Manchester, Newcastle & Glasgow airports, linking the city to the north, south, east and west.  Have a wheel nice time exploring the surrounding landscape by car or bus, with direct access from the M6 and A69. The air-mazing new airport links directly to Dublin, Belfast (both great for America) Southend.