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Carlisle is nicknamed the 'border city' for its close proximity to the Lake District and Scotland. The city is situated on the path of Hadrian's Wall and has a strong history and vibrant culture, making it a popular tourist destination. Hiring a car in Carlisle will enable you to explore the area with ease.

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 renting a car, 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. 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.

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