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The earliest inhabitants of Carlisle are known to be the Carvetti tribe of Brythonic Celts. Carlisle first came to prominence as a Roman settlement to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall and in the Middle Ages it became an important military stronghold because of its proximity to Scotland. In 1066, by the time of the Norman Conquest, Carlisle was a part of Scotland. However i...Read more
Nicknamed the Border City, Carlisle is the main commercial, cultural, shopping and industrial centre for northern Cumbria and some of southern Scotland. It is home to many museums and heritage centres and is just a short distance away from the stunning Lake District.
One of the most exciting events on the Carlisle calendar is the Carlisle Great Food Fair. The whole of Carlisle’s city centre is pedestrianised every August Bank Holiday and the city is taken over by stalls selling delicious delights and foodies wanting to sample them. Other events in Carlisle include Upperby Gala, the Carlisle Fireshow and the Pirelli International rally, wh...Read more
Carlisle Castle was built in 1092 and still remains relatively intact. The castle was built by William the Conqueror’s son, William Rufus and once served as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots. The castle now includes the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment and the Border Regiment Museum.
5. Things To Do
The Lake District is only a short drive away from the centre of Carlisle, and as well as offering stunning scenery that has inspired some of the Britain’s greatest poets and artists, it also boasts some of the best restaurants in the country. L’Enclume, Sharrow Bay, Holbeck Ghyll and the Samling in Ambleside are all Michelin starred restaurants located in the Lake District.
During the Industrial Revolution, Carlisle became a centre for textile manufacturing and a busy mill town. Carlisle also developed as an important railway town due to its proximity to the Scottish border. Kingmoor Traction Maintenance Depot is a major facility and business in Carlisle that serves the train industry.
Carlisle is linked to Scotland by the M74/A74 motorway that travels towards Glasgow and the North and the M6 that links the city to the rest of England. Carlisle is still a major station on the West Coast and offers services to Newcastle, Leeds and Glasgow.
Carlisle’s main entertainment venue is the Sands Centre which offers musical, theatrical and comedic performances throughout the year. The Stanwix Arts Theatre shows amateur performances and Brunton Parkstadium has hosted big live music events including a concert by Elton John in 2007.
9. Famous Landmarks
Carlisle Castle is centuries old yet still remains in surprisingly good condition. In the early 12th century, the priory at the castle was allowed by Henry I to be developed into Carlisle Cathedral. Both of these historical buildings are a must see for any visitor to Carlisle.
10. Interesting Fact
During the First World War, the government had to take over all of the breweries and public houses in Carlisle. This was because the construction and munitions workers at the nearby munitions factory in Gretna were too often inebriated and unable to safely complete their work.
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01 November 2012 - 01 December 2012
The Carlisle Fireshow, which takes place on the Saturday nearest 5th November every year, has been recognised as one of the best bonfire and firework displays in the U.K. The whole pyrotechnic and firework display is set to music and there is also food and drink on offe ...more
01 April 2013 - 30 April 2013
The Pirelli International Rally takes place every April and is organised by The Cumberland Sporting Car Club and Pirelli Tyres. Carlisle Airport is used as the Rally HQ and Service Centre and the rally both starts and finishes in Carlisle city centre. Thousands of spect ...more
01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
The Upperby Gala is a popular family-friendly event where professional entertainers come together to raise money for local charities. The event is held in parkland to the east of Carlisle and includes fun activities such as archery, fairground rides and charity stalls.
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
Every August bank holiday weekend, Carlisle city centre is closed off as the Carlisle Great Food fair takes over the city. Events taking place during the weekend include the popular Continental market and Local Producers’ market where you will find delicious authentic ...more
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