A city linking two world heritage sites, Carlisle is a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall, the northern frontier of a mighty empire that once covered the known world.

A great location

The largest city in England by area, Carlisle lies in the far northern corner of England, near the Scottish border, and is the urban capital of Cumbria and the beating heart of the Borderlands.

Award-winning attractions

Explore dungeons and labyrinths at Carlisle’s medieval castle, 900 -year-old cathedral and Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, all housed within the city’s Historic Quarter.

Stand on the edge of an empire

Britain’s most impressive and important monument of Roman times, built by a force of 15,000 men in less than six years, it still evokes the feeling o f standing on the edge of an empire.


Walk in the footsteps of the Romans

Visit Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, probably one of the best-preserved wall forts and an ideal base for exploring the longest part of Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy in the stunning far- reaching views over towards the Lake District Fells and take a moment to ponder life as one of the 1,000 Roman soldiers who lived there.

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