"The Gilded Lily is one of my favourite hot spots on a night out"
Behind the castle lies Bitts Park, which is every family's dream. There's crazy golf, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, play areas, and even a maze. It's the perfect location for an afternoon stroll or jog. And in the winter it holds the best firework display of the north in November with a fairground and live music.
If you're looking for Carlisle's nightlife, the bars begin in The Crescent and lead up to the stretch of road called Botchergate, known as 'entertainment alley'. Everyone heads there for a lively night out.
Shaha is Carlisle's best Indian restaurant, found on Tait Street. It's discreetly tucked away off the main street, and you'll never taste curry like it. I might be biased - it's owned by the family of my school friend so I've been going there for years - and to this day I still order a chicken chaat.
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The Sands Centre
The Sands Centre is the closest thing Carlisle has to a theatre. It's a leisure and entertainment venue that overlooks the bridge across the River Eden, and its concert hall hosts music, theatre and stand-up comedy. I even performed there last Christmas.
The Gilded Lily
The town centre is surrounded by little lanes and cobbled streets with coffee shops, florists and boutique shops, as well as popular high street stores and bars. The Gilded Lily is one of my favourite hot spots on a night out - it has a fantastic cocktail menu, and is glam enough to dress up for! It's fairly relaxed during the day so is the perfect spot for a bite to eat and a glass of wine if you're wandering around the shops, too.