Carlisle is a vibrant City, with many interesting places to visit such as museums, historical buildings and sites including the ancient Hadrian’s Wall, as well as Carlisle Racecourse. You’ll have plenty of entertainment, including at the Carlisle Theatre which is host to a variety of shows including music, musicals, tribute acts and films, and the Sands Centre hosting music, comedy, classical concerts, ballet and children’s shows as well as other events. For dining out, you’ll have a great choice in the city, with many restaurants and menus ranging from Greek to Indian, and the nightlife is vibrant, with a range of pubs, clubs and live music venues to enjoy.
If you’re going shopping in the city, there’s a large choice and includes the Lanes Shopping Centre with a host of stores to choose from. The City has a range of conference venues for business, such as those at the Sands Centre and the Crown Hotel, and Newcastle Airport is the nearest major airport.
Carlisle Car Hire
Wherever you are in Carlisle, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Carlisle car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
In Carlisle you could visit some of the following places:
You can visit this 12th century stone Castle built by King Henry I and look around the impressive fortress including the Captain’s Tower gatehouse and the dungeons. In the Castle’s exhibition you can learn about its eventful history of sieges and invasions, being on the border of Scotland and England. Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner here for some time, and there was also a siege by Cromwell’s forces during the Civil War.
This is a fine Cathedral dating back to the 12th century and you can visit here to see the splendid Norman and Gothic architecture. The building’s impressive features include the large East Window with its intricate Gothic tracery, barrel vault in the choir, and ornately carved choir stalls.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
On a visit to this Museum and Art Gallery you can see many interesting exhibits which include displays relating to the Border Reivers. There are also Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and you can see a range of works relating to the Cumbrian region as well as exhibits from the Arts and Crafts Movement such as ceramics and furniture. You can also learn about the history of the Border region, and see a range of archaeological artefacts including those relating to Hadrian’s Wall.
Talkin Tarn Country Park
Not far from Carlisle, you can visit this large Country Park which has lots of open space and woodlands to explore with ancient trees. There is a large lake in the Park where you can take part in a number of activities including rowing, canoeing or windsurfing, or just relax by the water. There’s a wealth of nature and wildlife and nature to be seen, including red squirrels, otters, roe deer and woodpeckers.
Solway Aviation Museum
You can visit this large Museum to see an interesting collection of aviation exhibits, which include a number of historic aircraft such as a Hawker Hunter, an Avro Vulcan and a de Havilland Vampire. Other displays include the Carlisle Airport’s history and a tower control desk replica, and a range of other artefacts.
Walby Farm Park
This is a delightful place to visit for all the family, where you can see a range of animals such as donkeys, alpacas, reindeer and wallabies. The Park also has a number of fun activities including mini tractors and land rovers, pony grooming, sheep races and a nature trail.
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