Exploring Carlisle: A Unique Car-Free Adventure

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The cathedral city of Carlisle has a rich history, dating back to its Roman origins and royal connections. Located just a 2.5-hour train journey from Glasgow, Carlisle offers more than just a pit stop on the way to the Lake District.

Upon arrival at Carlisle Station, the iconic Citadel greets visitors with its 16th-century architecture. Our accommodation at The Halston, a short walk from the station, provided a comfortable and modern stay. The hotel offers a range of rooms and apartments, perfect for a weekend getaway.

Exploring Carlisle on foot, we discovered its charming city centre with pedestrian-friendly streets. English Street, Market Cross Monument, and the Lanes shopping district were all within walking distance. Despite the weather, we wished we had more time to explore the city’s parks and nature reserves.

Carlisle Cathedral, with its Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows, is a must-visit. Nearby St Cuthbert’s Church offers a more intimate experience, with Scottish historical connections. Carlisle Castle, built in the 11th century, provides a glimpse into the city’s military history and has hosted notable Scottish figures throughout the centuries.

Before departing, we made sure to visit Bookcase & Bookends, a local independent bookshop to browse for literary treasures. Carlisle may not be on everyone’s weekend getaway list, but its history and charm make it a hidden gem worth exploring.

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