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Things to do in and around Carlisle

Carlisle’s History and Heritage

Carlisle CastleIMG_7448

Duration: 2-4 Hours
Cost: £6.40
Opening Times: Everyday (Apr-Oct)/Sat & Sun Only (Nov-Mar)

Carlisle Castle is a magnificent medieval structure that gazes proudly over Carlisle City. Visit and enjoy its long history, views from its keep and the spooky dungeons.


Carlisle Cathedral

Duration: 5 Mins – 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Everyday
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Carlisle Cathedral was founded in 1122. It has some breath taking features such as its stain glass windows and beautiful painted ceilings. If you are lucky enough to witness its choir preform or just practice well the acoustics are memorable.

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1 – 4 Hours
Cost: £7.00
Opening Times: Everyday 10am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Mar)
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This museum and art gallery which is literally across the road from Carlisle City Hostel has a fantastic permanent exhibition entitled ‘The Roman Frontier: stories beyond Hadrian’s Wall.’ There are Roman artefacts, lots of interesting information and replicas of roman outfits for you to try on and take pictures! There is also a new permanent gallery which explores the deadly world of the Border Reivers and there are also feature galleries which change regularly.


carlisle-guildhall-n6552Guildhall Museum
30 Mins – 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Thursdays only 12pm – 4:30pm (May – 1st Sept 2016)
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The Guildhall museum is a Grade 1 Ancient Monument, and one of the four oldest buildings in the City. It houses a museum about the different guilds in Carlisle such as the tanners. A really interesting place if you can catch it when its open.

cumbria-museum-military-life2Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
1 – 2 Hours
Cost: £4.00
Opening Times: Everyday 10am – 5pm
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Carlisle’s newest visitor attraction, telling the 300-year story of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment and its soldiers past and present. Located in the grounds of Carlisle Castle.


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Duration: 30 Min Walk
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: N/A – Citadel Tours possible see Tourist Information
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The west walls date back to the Roman times, but have been rebuilt and strengthen by different leaders over the year. The wall was built to defend and protect the town and Carlisle City hostel is located behind the wall so sleep soundly on your visit.

st cuthbertsSt. Cuthbert’s Church
5 – 30 Min
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Everyday
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Built in 1778, but the foundations date back even before St Cuthbert’s visit to Carlisle in 685. Enjoy its unique moving pulpit and fourteenth century window.

Walking and Hiking

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Originally built to separate the Romans from the Barbarians by Emperor Hadrian. The wall is so well built that it is now one of the oldest structures in the UK. Walk it, cycle it or just look at its beauty Carlisle City Hostel is a great base to do so as we are located minutes from Hadrian’s Wall walking and cycle paths (route 72). Carlisle City provides good bus services to and from different parts of the wall all year around.


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One of the most amazing places in the world the Lake District is a great place to visit all year around. Walk, climb, run, swim or sail what ever way you decide to view this jaw dropping landscape you wont be disappointed. Carlisle City offers bus and train services to the lakes all year around.


Rickerby Parkrickerby – Carlisle
1-2 Hours Length: 3 Miles
Rickerby Park is situated just North of the City Centre and can be easily walked from Carlisle City Hostel. There are some farm animals in the park depending on the time of year and a war memorial. New additions are a stone circle made from all the local stone quarried from the area with information on each and new Hadrian’s Wall Path signs.

DIRECTIONS: Head left out of the front door and over the bridge. Carry straight on with the Castle on your right. Follow the Castle wall into Bitts Park (lovely for sunbathing or a game of tennis/football) and take a right heading for the River Eden ahead. Follow the river all the way past the golf course and playing fields. You will come across a suspension bridge, cross it then head left back along the river on the other side. Cross the River Eden again on the car bridge.

Sport & Leisure

Carlisle has fantastic places to eat. Ranging from Indian to Greek, fast food to gourmet or maybe you would like to sample our local pubs and glitzy night clubs. What ever your interests are we will be happy to recommend some great places.

Sawadee Coconut Thaipadthai
Beautiful Thai dishes prepared by Saeng


Amato’s amatos_2
Wonderful Sicilian food, just a few doors down from us


Woodrow Wilson’s – Wetherspoons aaa
Good old pub grub in a relaxed atmosphere


Bari’s IMG_3142
Our local Indian with exotic meats available


Lane Barthe-lane-bar-kitchen
Fantastic mixologist Cam will prepare you a mouthwatering cocktail


The Boardroombbr
Our local, quiz night on Wednesdays & free Jukebox Friday’s


The King’s Headkh
Good local ales and atmosphere

Sport & Leisure

The Brickyard
Independent live music venue


The Old Fire Stationkkk
Live music, comedy, poetry and all sorts…


Sands Centrefcccc
One of Cumbria’s largest venues for entertainment and sport


Carlisle United Football Club
Carlisle’s local Blue Army


Carlisle Race Course
Where the horses go to race


Eden Rockggg
Carlisle’s climbing wall


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Fun for all indoors, a laser tag game


Bowling, pool and arcade games


Cinema vue
All the latest releases


All prices are for one Adult.