Carlisle is a compact city and is a great destination for a day-out or to use as a base for exploring the local area. A pedestrianised city centre hosts events Carlisle city centrethroughout the year including international and local markets complimenting the range of retail outlets in the city centre and The Lanes Shopping Centre.

Many visitor attractions are within easy walking distance of the railway station.

Carlisle Castle founded in 1092 by William the Conqueror's was once the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots. Bonnie Prince Charlie captured the Castle in 1745. Close by is the Citadel, built by Henry VIII. The Castle is a English Heritage property and is free admission for English Heritage members. 




In one of the castle buildings, you can visit Cumbria's Museum if Military Life.

Carlisle's Cathedral, with its famous 14th century stained glass window and beautiful blue and gold ceiling is well worth a visit.

The award winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, with its innovative Millennium Gallery, is situated close to the Cathedral. The Museum displays many Roman artefacts found in the local area as well as an extensive collection of railway exhibits.

Within easy walking distance of the railway station, you can visit parks in the city.  Bitts Park with formal gardens, riverside walks, play area for children and sports facilities is a great place to visit.

Carlisle Racecourse hosts horse racing meetings throughout the year - both flat and over the jumps.  To find out more, click the image below.  Buses operate from the bus stops opposite the station to the racecourse.



The City Council's website provides information about local walks and parks

Transport Integration

The city has great transport links with frequent rail services along the Tyne Valley line to Newcastle and services on the west coast main line from London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere in the country.  Other scenic rail routes operate from Carlisle - you can can a trip along the Cumbria Coast line or on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Information about rail services to/from Carlisle are available by clicking the links below:

Carlisle Lake District Airport is due to open to commercial flights during summer 2019 and it is just a taxi-ride between the railway station and airport.  

There are very regular bus services within the city and the local area with bus stops almost on the doorstep of the railway station.  Through the summer months, you can take the bus and travel through northern Lakeland to Keswick. For details of buses operating within city and beyond, click here.

Taxi ranks can be found just across the road from the station.

If you are travelling to the area by road, there is an excellent road network with the M6, A69, major routes to West Cumbria converging at Carlisle.


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