Carlisle - Capital of Cumbria and the Lake District.
Carlisle Town Centre.
Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Carlisle. Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria, and is the centre for shopping, entertainment and the arts for the north of the county as well as the western Border region of Scotland a few miles to the north.
As you would expect of the county capital, Carlisle's shopping is excellent: the centre of the town is largely pedestrianised, making it safe to wander around at leisure down side streets full of interesting and diverse shops.
Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.
The Lanes shopping mall (you will find the library here), and the Covered Market, an elegant Victorian building are to be found in the town center.
As well as the major chain stores that you find in most cities you will also find specialist shops - these are always worth seeking out for more diverse and interesting goods.
The Citadel, Carlisle. See more at the Carlisle Gallery
Carlisle boasts impressive amenities such as museums, galleries, theaters, parks, sports and swimming facilities.
Carlisle castle is within easy walking distance of the town centre and is open to the public. Definitely worth visiting also is the King's Own Border Regiment Museum which can be found in the inner ward of the castle opposite the keep.
Not surprisingly the city is popular with travelers and holiday makers from around the world, but happily it never seems overcrowded or uncomfortable.
The Cursing Stone outside the Millennium Gallery.
Carlisle has to be high on the list of places that you must visit. Carlisle
makes for a great day out when visiting Cumbria.
Just added - the Carlisle Photo Gallery hundreds of photos of Carlisle, it's streets, buildings, places of interest, pubs, and more.
Carlisle: OS ref NY 376045 Sheet 90. Get the map.
As the county capital Carlisle has good transport links to London, Glasgow in Scotland and Newcastle on the east coast of England.
Just off Junction 43 of the M6 motorway Carlisle is connected by the A69 road and by rail to Newcastle, which has an international airport and regular ferry sailings to north Europe.
Carlisle is also on the west coast mainline railway between London, (Euston station), and Glasgow.