See & Do
Christmas in CarlisleAs we welcome crisp winter days, Carlisle unveils a whole host of excellent events to give everyone a rosy glow. Over the festive season, the city of Carlisle comes alive with a fantastic programme of spectacular lights, activities, markets and events.
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Carlisle Castle & CMoMLOn a prominent site north of the city centre, Carlisle Castle has played an important role in the history of Carlisle for centuries.
Cumbria‘s Museum of Military Life was founded in 1932 and tells the 300-year story of Cumbria’s army regiments through books, documents, photographs and artefacts. The museum is located right in the heart of the historic Carlisle Castle.
Carlisle CathedralCarlisle's imposing Cathedral occupies a central position in the heart of the ‘historic quarter'. Built for the glory of God, services have been read and choirs have sung in it for nearly 900 years.
Tullie House Museum & Art GalleryA fusion of old and new awaits you, from the beautiful Old Tullie House, a classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building to the Border Galleries, full of exciting exhibits and interactive displays.
Carlisle RacecourseEnjoy a fun day at the races in Carlisle with regular flat and National Hunt racing, themed race days and special evening events.
Carlisle Racecourse, with its top-class services and exceptional race-day hospitality, provides a perfect day out for tourists and locals alike.
The Old Fire StationThe newly transformed Fire Station opened to the public in May 2015. The main building provides four main spaces including: a ground floor foyer with box office; cafe-bar, plus a main auditorium for live music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions accommodating around 250 seated or 350 standing.
The Sands CentreThe Sands Centre is the premier venue for sport, recreation and cultural entertainment in Carlisle, offering a diverse range of activities and fitness facilities for all ages and abilities. The centre also plays host to international orchestras, theatre and opera companies, dance and ballet groups, and well-known recording artists and comedians.
Hadrian's Wall & Birdoswald Roman FortHadrian's Wall, just a stone's throw from Carlisle, is a fascinating World Heritage Site and the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain, still evoking a strong sense of standing on the edge of an empire.
Birdoswald Roman Fort is one of the main forts on Hadrian's Wall and commands stunning views over the Irthing valley to the Lake District Fells.
Lanercost PrioryThe tranquil setting of Lanercost Priory today belies its turbulent history. Founded by Augustinian canons in 1169, the priory suffered numerous devastating Scottish raids, including one led by Robert the Bruce.
Talkin Tarn Country ParkTalkin Tarn Country Park has a long and rich history and has traditionally been used for recreation since at least the middle of the 1800's. The same is still true today with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy all that the tarn has to offer.
Carlisle offers a wealth of historic and modern attractions. In Carlisle’s Historic Quarter, the social and cultural heart of the city, you will find a castle, cathedral and museums. A vibrant, cultured city with an ever-changing choice of events and entertainment options for all ages.
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|Sat 28 - Sun 29 Nov||Breakfast with Santa at Dobbies Carlisle|
|Sun 29 Nov||Christmas Family Fun Day at Carlisle Racecourse|
|Sat 28 - Sun 29 Nov||Houghton Hall Grotto at Houghton Hall Garden Centre|
|Sun 29 Nov||Lau at The Old Fire Station|