Carlisle Journals

Things to Do and See in and around Carlisle, Cumbria

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A travel journal to Carlisle by Rhiana

Hammonds Pond Photo, Carlisle, England More Photos
Quote: As well as being a great base for visits to the Lake District and South West Scotland, Carlisle itself is steeped in history and has some great places to visit. Here is my journal of my favourite days out in the 'Great Border City' and surrounding area.

Hammond's Pond

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Attraction | "The Prettiest Pond"

Hammond's Pond Photo, Carlisle, England
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As if having the Lake District, South West Scottish Coast and Hadrian's Wall Country all within a stones throw away isn't lucky enough for us here in Carlisle, we also have 2 spectacular parks in the city. One, Bitts Park, sits in the city centre on the banks of the river Eden, while the other hides on the outskirts of a council estate. Hammond's Pond can be found on the South side of the city, just past the Upperby estate and opposite Carlisle race course. It really is quite surprisingly beautiful and scenic, with plenty of facilities, and for various reasons the one I favour most. 100 years ago, the site which Hammond's Pond now sits, was a brick pit. The clay was shovelled out to make b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2009

Hammond's Pond

Carlisle, England

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Given its title of 'The Great Border City' it can be quite surprising to find that despite being the only city in Cumbria, and the nearest city shopping venue for parts of Northumberland and South west Scotland, there is very much a 'town' feel about the centre of Carlisle and its shopping areas. The main shopping area of Carlisle is essentially one long pedestrianised wide street. Separated in the middle by the Town hall and Tourist Information office, the South end is named English street, and the North end, unsurprisingly, Scotch street. There are a few small streets leading off from English street, (Bank and Devonshire street) where banks, charity and small independent shops, such as a...Read More

South Tynedale Railway

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Attraction | "Choo Choo! No One Horse Open Sliegh For This Santa!"

South Tynedale Railway Photo, Alston, England
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As a Family we have built up a few annual family traditions, yearly must do's. I suspect most families do. One of ours, and possibly the most favourite and eagerly looked forward to is a Christmas visit to the South Tynedale Railway at Alston, Cumbria. ~ About South Tynedale Railway ~ The South Tynedale Railway is a 2 and a quarter mile track from Alston in Cumbria to Kirklaugh in Northumberland through the beautiful South Tynedale valley. Alston railway station sits 875 feet above sea level, in some of the countries most beautiful scenery, and is the highest narrow gauge railway in Northern England. The train which operates along this line is a steam and diesel hau...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2009

South Tynedale Railway
The Railway Station
Alston, Cumbria, United Kingdom
01434 381 696

Table Table

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Restaurant | "A Table Table... One of My Favourite Places to Eat"

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Whether your looking for family friendly, a gathering with friends or somewhere to hold a business meeting, I can recommend Table Table at CarlisleTable Table offer:"A relaxed atmosphere with a range of tables and spaces to make your experience one to remember. Choose a table with luxurious laid-back sofas for a business meeting, a homely dining room space for a family celebration, or pull up a chair beside one of our burning log fires for a more romantic meal. Whatever the occasion, we have a table to suit."Like Brewers Fayre, Table Table can often be found right next to a Premier Inn, A hotel partner, making it a good meeting place for business.Looking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2009

Table Table
Border Gate Carleton
Carlisle, England CA4 0AD
+44 8701 977054

Lake District Coast Aquarium

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Attraction | "A Fishy Attraction Along The Cumbrian Coast"

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Situated on the West Cumbrian Coast, the Solway Estuary and with the Lake district just a stones throw away, Maryport is home to the Lake District Coast Aquarium. The aquarium, now 12 years old, houses a wide and varied exhibition of river and marine life from the local area and is easily accessible from Keswick, Penrith, and Carlisle by car, train or bus. There is pay parking right outside, and a large car park 2 minutes walk away. The aquarium is open daily from 10 am until 5pm and only closes Christmas and Boxing Day. Admission costs a very reasonable £5.75 for adults and £3.75 for children (under 4's free). Various Family ticket combinations are available provid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2009

Lake District Coast Aquarium
South Quay
Maryport CA15 8AB
+44 1900 817760

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village 


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Attraction | "Not Just For Elopers!"

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Famous for its Blacksmiths wedding anvil and being the place of choice for English Elopers in the past, due to differing Scottish Law and being the first town North of the Scottish Border, Gretna is now home to a more modern attraction. Gretna Gateway Outlet Village is a large retail park situated in the town of Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway. Just one minute from the M74/M6 (North or Southbound), It's ajust 15 minutes away from the nearby city of Carlisle. Gretna Gateway was built in the 90's and then extended further a few years ago. Home to over 50 outlet stores, 5 cafes, outdoor and indoor Children's play areas, tourist information and extensive rest room facilities it's an ideal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2009

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village 

Glasgow Road
Gretna DG16 5GG
+44 1461-339 028

Bitts Park

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Attraction | "A 'Bitt' of Fun in Beautiful Surroundings"

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Situated in the Centre of Carlisle at the huge Hardwick Circus roundabout and nestled between the scenic river Eden and Carlisle Castle, Bitts Park is the best public park I have visited. And not just for children, as Bitts park has something to offer most visitors or residents of the city. Our favourite area is the children's play area. This is really the largest and most well equipped free play area I have yet to come across. The play area is enclosed by fencing with gates at each end making it quite secure. As well as playground favourites such as swings, slides and climbing frames there are interesting and modern play equipment too, like a huge seesaw which seats up to 8 children, indi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2009

Bitts Park
Dacre St.
Carlisle, England
+44 1228 625545

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

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Attraction | "Romans and Reivers Make for a Fascinating Museum"

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Carlisle is named the Great Border City, literally sitting on the border between Scotland and England. The only City in the county of Cumbria, it is steeped in history. Only miles from Hadrians wall and being constantly invaded and conquested between the Scots and the English for centuries, Carlisle's main museum and so called 'premier attraction of the North West' has a lot to cover. Tullie House museum and Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Carlisle. Directly across from Carlisle Castle, a 900 year old fortress famous for Mary Queen of Scot's imprisonment and more recently home to the Border Regiment. The Border galleries covers Carlisle from Stone age times right throu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Street
Cumbria, England CA3 8TP
+44 (0)1228 618718