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Oh, those Romans! Transport yourself back 2000 years along a ruggedly beautiful ancient frontier near Carlisle and wonder how they did it.
Carlisle Castle has played a key role in protecting the city for over nine centuries. Today, the castle provides a home to the Border Regiment Museum which combines the history of endless local aggressors, ranging from The King's own Royal Border Regiment all the way to the local Militia.
Tullie House, originally a 17th century private house, has been adapted into one of the finest provincial museums anywhere in the country. Containing everything from Bronze Age artifacts, costumes, furniture and pottery, to insects and contemporary arts; Tullie House is a great place to bring all the family.
Again, because of its strategic position, Carlisle became a great 19th century railway city, with seven independent railway companies sharing the use of Carlisle Citadel Station, and the extensive goods yards. The Station is an impressive building, built in 1847 by Sir William Tite. Carlisle is the northern end of the famous 72 mile Settle-Carlisle Railway. Steam trains may often be seen at Carlisle station on special charter trips.
St Cuthbert's Church, built in 1778, off the Market Place, is the principal parish church. Beside it is the Tythe Barn, the Church Hall, which was built sometime between 1485 and 1507, and has recently been restored after much neglect. It is often used for exhibitions.