Welcome to Discover Carlisle

Find Yourself

Carlisle has been a significant place since well before Roman times and is currently the largest city in England by area with a population of over 100,000. The city is at the northern extreme of the North West of England only 10 miles from the border with Scotland and is the urban capital of the county of Cumbria. Carlisle dominates a huge area of geography with our nearest city neighbours being Newcastle 58 miles to the East, Glasgow 96 miles to the North, Lancaster 68 miles to the South with the Irish Sea to the West.

If it’s fun you want from extreme sports to quality time with the family, we have the places to play, the attractions to visit and plenty of quality and quirky dining and drinking experiences.

We’re surprisingly easy to get to and the perfect centre to explore further afield, with the Lake District right on our door step.

Discover Carlisle

See & Do
Food & Drink
Plan My Stay
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Castle event competition

Family outside Carlisle Castle
‘How to be a Solider’ is an English Heritage half term event taking place at Carlisle Castle from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November. Put your mini soldiers through their paces to become a first class soldier.

We have one family ticket to give away. For further information and to enter for your chance of winning, visit the How to be a Soldier Competition page.
Family on top of Carlisle Castle battlements

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