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Carlisle – as the main border city – is about 25 miles from us and is well worth a visit.

From a shopping point of view you’ill find most well known stores in either the main street (= English Street) or in the development known as the Lanes (which also has its own multi-story car park and public toilets).

There are also still a number of smaller, independent  retailers dotted about – so keep your eyes open for them!

From an entertainment point of view there is:

  • the Sands Centre for theatre and music – take the A7 into Carlisle (junction 44 of the M6) and keep going until you come to a large roundabout – the Sands Centre is on the left,
  • the Cumberland Show – in June at the racecourse – which is Cumbria’s largest agricultural show,
  • the Carlisle Races – which are sign posted from junction 42 of the M6, and, of course,
  • Carlisle United’s football ground – take the A69 from junction 43 of the M6 – the ground is on the A 69 itself.

From a history point of view there’s the Cathedral and the Castle (which played an active part in the reiving days) as well as Tullie House Museum, which has some excellent interactive displays.

Out of town supermarkets can be found at:

  • Junction 44 – Asda – take the A7 into Carlisle, and turn right at the first set of traffic lights – go straight on at the mini roundabout and Asda is on the left,
  • Junction 44 – Morrisons – take the A7 into Carlisle and keep going straight on as if you were driving into Carlisle. Morrisons is along this road on the left and
  • Junction 43 – Tesco – take the A 69 into Carlisle and turn right at the first set of traffic lights.

There’s also a Sainsbury – head for the Castle and West Cumbria and you’ll drive right past it.


Parking in Carlisle is either on a disc system (discs available from the shop), or pay and display, depending on the park itself.

Parking wardens in Carlisle take their job seriously, so be warned!


Things to see and do:

  • Tullie House Museum – on Castle Way.
  • The main shopping centre in English Street
  • The Cathedral – there is calmness here – be amazed by how peaceful a city can be.
  • The Prior’s Kitchen – in the cathedral grounds – a tea room and coffee shop in a truly fascinating setting.
  • The Castle – on Castle Way.
  • The Sands Centre – signposted from the A7
  • Carlisle Race Course – signposted from junction 42 of the M6.