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Top Choice Castle in Carlisle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle's brooding, rust-red castle lurks on the north side of the city. Founded around a Celtic and Roman stronghold, the castle's Norman keep was added in 1092 by William Rufus, and later refortified by Henry II,…
Museum in Carlisle

Tullie House Museum

Carlisle's flagship museum covers 2000 years of the city's past. The Roman Frontier Gallery explores Carlisle's Roman foundations, while the Border Galleries cover the Bronze Age through to the Industrial Revolution…
Museum in Carlisle

Cumbria's Museum of Military Life

Contained inside the walls of Carlisle Castle, this new museum explores the county's proud military history, with weapons, medals, standards, uniforms and other artefacts associated with the region's regiment – from…
Church in Carlisle

Carlisle Cathedral

Built from the same red sandstone as Carlisle castle, Carlisle's cathedral began life as a priory church in 1122 and became a cathedral when its first abbot, Athelwold, became the first bishop of Carlisle. Among its…
British in Carlisle


For many years this town-house restaurant has been the address for formal dining in Carlisle and there's no sign that's going to change. It majors in rich, traditional dishes with a strong French flavour: lamb with …
Indian in Carlisle


A local's tip for Indian food. The setting next to a busy main road could be better, but the inside is atmospheric, painted in blingy colours and Mahabharata murals. The menu is mainly Indian and Bangladeshi standar…
Fusion in Carlisle

Hell Below & Co

A new menu has given this trendy brick-walled, bare-wood bar-bistro a fresh lease of life: it spans the gamut from cheese and charcuterie sharing boards to steaks, fajitas and flat-iron chicken. If you're not hungry…
Heritage Railway in Carlisle

Settle to Carlisle Railway

This historic railway route travels from Carlisle to Settle in North Yorkshire and is famous for its views across the Yorkshire Dales.
Gastropub in Carlisle

The Last Zebra

This quirkily named gastropub is a popular hang-out for early evening drinks and a plate of grub like pan-seared salmon, steak-and-ale pie or '80s-style chicken kiev. Fancy it isn't, but it's a lively, buzzy spot an…
Cafe in Carlisle

Shabby Scholar

As its name suggests, this popular place is stylishly shabby, with scruffy furniture, a bar made out of old crates and a determinedly chilled vibe. It's fine for tapas, light bites and burgers but many people just c…