Convenient as a base to get to the surrounding areas and offering plenty to see and do around the city, Carlisle is a great place for a short break...
If you're thinking of car rental in Carlisle, you can pick up your vehicle from a number of downtown locations. Once you are on the road, head to top attractions such as the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery which exhibits Roman relics. The city's enormous castle and Cumbria's only cathedral are also worth a visit.
The city centre is mainly pedestrianised, but there are plenty of places to park your hire car. Carlisle is bordered by semi-intact city walls and the city's shopping centre, The Lanes, has designer and high street stores, as well as a farmers' market, so there will be plenty for you to purchase!
If you're a food lover, be sure to visit in August when the Carlisle Food Fair is held in the city centre. Local food producers showcase a selection of Cumbrian food including Cumberland sausages, sauce and mustard.
One of the main attractions of Carlisle is Hadrian's Wall. Built by the Romans, it is 73 miles long. Walk along the specially designed path which stretches from the coast of Wallsend to the coast of Bowness-on-Solway, near Newcastle. Be sure to visit the Birdoswald Roman fort which is 16 miles from Carlisle and has beautiful views over the Irthing Valley to the Lake District Fells.
Just a short car journey away from Scotland and the Lake District, visitors to Carlisle are well placed to explore the stunning scenery in these areas...
Carlisle has long been fought over between Scotland and England. It sits on the English side of the border and is the country's most northerly city. However, links to Scotland remain and Edinburgh and Glasgow are just a 90-minute drive away from Carlisle.
Also just over the Scottish border is Gretna Green, the village famous for runaway weddings, which makes an interesting and historical day out.
The North Lakes are just over 40 minutes away from Carlisle. Bassenthwaite and Keswick Lakes are popular, and their pretty towns sit in the National Park. Walkers will be in their element as they hike up the mountains which reveal spectacular views. After a long walk, why not hire a boat and relax on the famous lakes? Or if you're after more activity, there are plenty of opportunities to go windsurfing, sailing or kayaking.