Carlisle is steeped in history - literally. Wherever you go in the city centre, you are walking in the footsteps of Brigantian tribes, Roman soldiers, early missionaries, medieval traders, Cromwellian troops and Jacobite rebels that once occupied this great Border city.

Spend the morning exploring the city’s historical attractions and then enjoy the River Eden and Carlisle’s green spaces on the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is in the heart of Carlisle's historic quarter, and there is no better place to begin exploring the city's fascinating past. With a packed programme of illustrated talks and activities, family events, regularly changing exhibitions and a life-size resconstruction of Hadrian’s Wall it’s the perfect place to discover the amazing and varied history of Carlisle through the ages.

Carlisle's imposing Cathedral occupies a central position in the heart of the ‘historic quarter'. Founded in 1122 the Cathedral has fine wood panelling, stained glass and medieval painted panels. Don’t miss the exhibition of church treasures in the crypt.

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. With a exhibitions, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area and a unique gift shop the castle makes for a fun family day out.

Spend the afternoon exploring Rickerby Park, a traditional Victorian parkland located on the banks of the River Eden. The parkland is dotted with mature trees, beneath which cattle and sheep graze the sweet pasture grasses. A riverbank path follows the sweeping bends of the Eden and by crossing the Memorial Bridge you can complete a circular walk back to the city centre on the opposite bank.

If you’re looking for a longer walk why not catch the number 93 bus to Burgh-by-Sands (20 minutes), a historic village within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Then walk back to Carlisle along the banks of the River Eden on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail (6.5 miles).

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Carlisle at night © Graeme Peacock