The Border City of Carlisle is considered by most to be the primary centre of shopping, industry and commerce for much of Northern England and the South of Scotland.
Situated where Hadrian's Wall once stood proudly, Carlisle is a fast-evolving city that pulses with a diverse and dynamic atmosphere unlike that of any other UK city. Over recent years, Carlisle has reinvented itself as a prime destination of choice for UK holidaymakers favouring domestic family holidays or 'staycations'. It also makes the perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside, from the northern lakes of the Lake District to the lowlands of southern Scotland just across the border.
The town was originally formed as a Roman settlement with the primary purpose of serving the forts built along Hadrian's Wall. For over nine centuries, Carlisle Castle has cast a watchful eye over the city below and today remains perhaps the most striking and memorable sight of all. Ancient history forms the centrepiece of the Carlisle experience, with attractions on offer including Roman civitas, a quaint medieval old town and dozens of important museums - the Border Regiment Museum always proving a favourite.
Carlisle is also blessed with some stunning green spaces for outdoor recreation, and maintains its reputation as one of the UK's premier cities for major national sporting events, concerts and theatre productions.
Like any city of such size, Carlisle's dining opportunities stretch further than the imagination of the average visitor and never fail to astound. Exactly the same can be said for shopping, as while The Lanes takes care of High Street-worshippers with the biggest shopping centre in the North, Carlisle's Old Town offers an array of quaint, charming and entirely unique boutiques and market stalls.