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 Norman keep was added in 1092 by William Rufus, and later refortified by Henry II, Edward I…
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…
Church in Penrith

St Andrews Church

Penrith's name derives from an old Celtic word meaning 'red fell', and the area's crimson sandstone is clear to see in many of the town's buildings, including its parish church. Legend has it that a great giant (the…
Ruin in Penrith

Penrith Castle

The ruins of Penrith Castle loom on the edge of town opposite the train station. Built in the 14th century by William Strickland (later Bishop of Carlisle and Archbishop of Canterbury), it was later expanded by Rich…
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…
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.
Heritage Railway in Alston

South Tynedale Railway

This heritage narrow-gauge railway (the highest such in England) puffs for 3.5 miles of scenic track between Alston in Cumbria and Lintley in Northumberland. En route you pass over three landmark viaducts at South T…
Visitor Centre in Penrith


Cunningly disguised as a Lakeland hill 2 miles west of Penrith, this visitor centre houses an Imax cinema and temporary exhibitions. There's also a large retail hall selling Cumbrian foodstuffs and souvenirs. Local …
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…