Carlisle Overview

Why take the train to Carlisle?

Carlisle - the Border City - is the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre in the northern half of Cumbria, and southern Scotland.

Carlisle has a 2,000 year long history full of battles and conflict; desired as a military stronghold and fought over by everyone from the Saxons to the Vikings. The tempestuous past is still visible in the fiery red sandstone of the city walls and the imposing castle. But there are also more modern reasons to visit the city, like the lively nightlife and bustling shops. It's also a great base for exploring the North of the Lake District.

For anyone with an appreciation for history, there is no better place to explore Britains battle hardened past than Carlisle. Used by the Romans as an establishment from which to serve the numerous forts along Hadrian's Wall, the City's history is rich with tales of brave and daring individuals. From the 17th Century Tullie House museum to the grand and impressive Railway station; Carlisle has a surprising collection of attractions waiting to engage your imagination.

When arriving by train, the compact size of Carlisle allows you to walk to anywhere in the town within just a few minutes. For those feeling tired at the end of the day, the Carlisle bus service provides a regular and comprehensive service to anywhere in the town, whilst being extremely easy on the wallet.

Go Walking in Scotland and the Borders

View our guide to 5 delightful walks.

TransPennine Express provide trains to Carlisle, trains to Manchester and trains to other destinations throughout the UK.

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