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Carlisle has over 2000 years of history. Celts, Romans, feuding Border Reivers and invading armies have all left an intriguing legacy for you to explore.
Our mighty medieval Castle, built in 1092 by William Rufus, has played an important role in the history of Carlisle for centuries. The castle is strategically located on the border between England and Scotland and has witnessed many attacks over its 900 year history.
Today the castle is in the safe hands of English Heritage and, given its turbulent history over the centuries, is remarkably well preserved. After exploring the dungeons where the famous ‘licking stones' can be seen, get close to Carlisle’s history at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, located in the Castle grounds, which tells the 300-year story of Cumbria’s army regiments.
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