Attractions Around Carlisle

Carlisle Castle
12th C castle witness to turbulent Border history and lawless Reivers, prison to Mary Queen of Scots, taken by Bonnie Prince Charlie during Jacobite Rebellion, beseiged during Civil War. Also home of Kings Own Royal Border Regiment museum. Mid-size attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website; includes entry to military museum. CA3 8UR N edge of city centre off Castle Way A595. Tel. 01228 591922
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Carlisle Cathedral
Second smallest cathedral in England, founded 1122. 14th C stained glass in E window, beautiful blue and gold ceiling, much ancient art and craftwork. Volunteer guides. Guided tours free. Gift shop inside cathedral. Opposite main entrance is 13th C monastic Fratry with Fair Trade restaurant in undercroft (Mon to Sat 9.30am-4pm). Off Castle Street Close to main shopping centre (signposted) CA3 8TZ. Disabled parking only. Small attraction. Opening times, services, admission charges and further information on their website. Tel. 01228 548151
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West Coast Indoor Karting
400m track for adults and children of required height. Refreshments, spectator lounge and viewing area. Medium attraction. Karts for hire to race in, fastest times are posted on their website, as are videos ad twitter updates. West Coast Indoor Karting Ltd, Solway Trading Estate, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 8NF. Phone: 01900 816472 Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website
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Guildhall Museum
The oldest town centre building in Carlisle and one of the four oldest in the city. Originally a row of shops and workshops, owned by city since 1400s. Half timbered house on corner of the Greenmarket and Fisher Street. Former meeting place of the town's eight medieval Trade Guilds. Four Guilds still survive and hang their banners outside on Ascension Day every year (40 days after Easter) Historical items connected with guilds and city displayed. Small attraction. Fisher St, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8JE 01228 618718 Opening times, admission charges and further information on the Tullie House website (link below)
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Nenthead Mines
Visit the actual tunnels and workings where miners have extracted lead or zinc for 300 years, control huge waterwheels and pan for minerals. Shop, cafe and picnic area; self guided heritage and nature walks on 200 acre site. Site of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Ancient Monument in North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mine not suitable for wheelchair access. Big all-day attraction, wear outdoor clothes. Nenthead, Alston CA9 3PD. Site visits open all year and free. Tel. 01434 382726 or 382037 Check website for date details.
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Tullie House Museum
History of Carlisle and the Borders, five galleries, interactive exhibitions, children's activities, garden restaurant. Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP opposite Carlisle Castle. Some ground floor areas free. Mid-size attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website Tel. 01228 618718
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Laserquest
20 minute games with up to 20 players wearing body-pack and carrying laser, scoring points by zapping other players. Solo or teams and more complex games in 4,000 sq ft arena with catwalks, mazes, swirling fog, music lights. Wear dark casual clothes and flat shoes with sole that grips. Small to mid-size attraction. Paton House, Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle CA3 8AN between Citadel (round towers) and Cathedral. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Tel. 01228 511155
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Hadrian's Wall
Built by the Romans between Wallsend, near Newcastle and Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria, remains are World Heritage Site. Route can be traced through Cumbria from Gilsland on Cumbria-Northumberland border to Bowness-on-Solway but little remains of the wall to W of Banks Turret, about 4 miles inside Cumbria border. Area includes Birdoswald Roman Fort (see separate entry) Roman bridge, milecastles, turrets, a Roman quarry, Stanegate Roman road, signal stations, camps, forts. Also waymarked Hadrian's Wall path from Gilsland to coast with many remains en route. Hadrian's Wall Country bus AD122 covers route. Mid-size to big attraction. For timetable ring 01434 322002 or click on link:-
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Solway Aviation Museum
Collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts run by volunteers to preserve British aviation heritage. Opportunity to sit on flight deck of Vulcan Bomber (phone to check availability and register on arrival). Cafe, gift shop. Mid-size or more depending on interest. At entrance to Carlisle Airport just off A689 6 miles E of J44 M6 and Carlisle Grid Ref : NY483611. Aviation House, Carlisle Airport, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4NW Open weekends from April to end October plus Bank Holidays, Fridays during school holidays 10.30am-5pm last admission 4.15pm. Vulcan bomber open 1.30pm-4.15pm £4.50, children 6-16 £2.50 concessions £3 families (max 2 children) £11 Tel. 01228 573823
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Birdoswald Roman Fort
Fort of Banna. Turret and milecastle and, to the E, longest continuous stretch of Hadrian's Wall visible today. Also best preserved defences of any of 16 major forts on frontier system. Visitor centre with displays and reconstructions tracing history of wall and what happened after Romans left. Small to mid-size attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website Gilsland, Brampton CA8 7DD 1 mile E of Gilsland on minor road S of B6318, off A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road. Tel. 016977 47602
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Talkin Tarn Country Park 180 acre country park 9 miles E of Carlisle and 2 miles S of Brampton. Tarn offers sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing and fishing. Footpath, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, round water's edge. Camp site, children's play area, bike hire, orienteering course, tea room with tarn views serves hot and cold food and drinks. Mid-size attraction. CA8 1HN.

Lanercost Augustinian Priory Founded around 1166 and built mostly from stone scavenged from Hadrian's Wall, was one of first to be dissolved by Henry VIII. Church partly reclaimed in 1740 still serves as parish church within ruins of priory. Burne-Jones stained glass windows. Small attraction 3 miles NE of Brampton on minor road N off A69 CA8 2HQ. Tea rooms and farm shop. Opening times, admission charges and further information Tel. 01697 73030.
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South Tynedale Railway England's highest narrow gauge railway. Preserved steam and diesel locomotives run 2.25 miles (15 mins) between Alston Station and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria, operated and maintained by volunteer members of the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society. Shop, refreshments, picnic area. Small attraction. Times, ticket charges and further information on their website. Wheelchair carriage available please book in advance on Tel. 01434 381696 Alston Station, Alston, CA9 3JB N Alston, Station Road on N bank of River Nent. Tel. 01434 381696
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