Welcome to Carlisle
Carlisle is a border city and the county town of Cumbria in North West England 10 miles south of the Scottish border. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril rivers.
Carlisle is rooted in the 2nd century as a Roman settlement tied to Hadrian’s Wall, the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire.
That enormous defence is the largest Roman artefact in the world, and there are forts and long portions of the wall in touching distance of Carlisle.
This city was on the English-Scottish borders and in Medieval times changed hands repeatedly.
Attractions in Carlisle
Carlisle Guildhall Museum
Cumbria Museum of Military Life
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 664 – Stanwix Bank
Rickerby Park Tower
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 67 – Stainton
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 65 – Drawdykes
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 68 – Boomby Gill
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 69 – Sourmilk Bridge
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 63 – Walby West
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 62 – Walby East
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 61 – High Strand
Burgh by Sands
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 60 – High Strand
Solway Aviation Museum
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 59 – Old Wall
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 79 – Solway House
Hadrian's Wall - Roman Fort 16 - Mais (Bowness)
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 80
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 43 – Great Chesters
Tours and Activities from Carlisle
Latest Blogs from Carlisle
Hadrians Wall - Day 2 - Carlisle to Hare Hill
The River Eden is a prominent feature at the start of the days from Carlisle City Centre. The trail deviates away from the wall until you pass over the M6 Motorway.
Hadrians Wall - Day 1 - Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle
Due to logistics, I had decided that it was easier to stay in Carlisle for two nights and take the bus out to the starting point of Bowness-on-Solway on the first morning. Bowness-on-Solway is the site of the second largest Roman fort, Maia and this section of the walk enjoys coastal views across the Solway Firth to Scotland.