The Cumbrian capital city of Carlisle is a city rich in history, particularly where war is concerned. Due to its geographical location, the city was on the frontline of England’s defences for over a thousand years. Hadrian’s Wall is easily the most famous landmark, which harks back to a time when battles were a part of everyday life, however there are many more dotted around. While the city is not as hip and modern as some of its neighbours such as Newcastle and Gateshead to the east, it is certainly heading in the right direction and has some great shops and restaurants to enjoy alongside its stunning cathedral, park and historical sites. The recently-opened university has helped matters somewhat.
A compact, fuel efficient economy car is perfect for Carlisle where you will encounter few difficulties whilst driving, other than the notoriously bad rush hour traffic.
Driving in Carlisle
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Important things to note
Driving conditions in Carlisle rush hour can be particularly bad. A bypass was opened in 2012 and has helped ease things, but avoiding peak times is still highly recommended.
Carlisle is linked to both Scotland and the rest of England via the M6 motorway, not to mention a few major A-roads.
Unlike most other cities and towns of its size, not that much of Carlisle city centre is pedestrianized.
Highlights & Hotspots
Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also Northern England’s most popular attraction. Spanning several miles, it is a jaw dropping construction which helps preserve the memory of Roman Britain.
The Solway Aviation Museum takes visitors on an educational trip down memory lane and back again, with an impressive collection of aircraft and related artefacts. You also have the chance to sit at the wheel of the cockpit on several planes including the Vulcan bomber, adding to the fun.
Considered to be one of the jewels of North West England, Carlisle cathedral has been incredibly well preserved. Its striking interior is in immaculate condition and a guided tour will help unearth some interesting local history.
Located on West Tower Street, Bari is considered one of the region’s best Indian restaurants and has been bestowed with a number of excellence awards in the past. The colourful interior design is almost as impressive as the melt in your mouth meats they serve up!
Carlisle can be accessed by three airports, the nearest being Newcastle, which is a 75 minute drive away. It can be reached by the A69, which takes you to the outer suburbs of Newcastle.
Glasgow airport is about an hour and 40 minutes‚Äô drive away, whilst the drive from Manchester International airport will take approximately 2.5 hours.