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Exploring Lancaster and Carlisle

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An April 2010 trip to England by Drever

Carlisle Castle Photo, Cumbria, England More Photos
Quote: Having missed out on a holiday in Chicago due to the flight cancellation due to volcanic ash we made the most of it by spending a few days in the towns Lancaster and Carlisle in the north west of England..

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

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Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Photo, Cumbria, England
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If you want to know the history of Carlise then visit Tullie House Museum. Carlisle sits almost on the border between Scotland and England and changed hands several times. Even in Roman times it had to be strongly defended against those tribes north of Hadrian’s Wall so there’s a lot to cover.Old Tullie House is a classical Jacobean grade one listed building sitting in the centre of Carlisle across from Carlisle Castle. Combined with its modern extensions, it contains both a Museum and Art Gallery. The Border Galleries covers the area’s history from Stone Age times right through to Victorian England. A vast array of Roman artefacts and displays cover the Roman Period. Interact...Read More

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

Carlisle Cathedral

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Carlisle Cathedral Photo, Carlisle, England
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I love to gaze at outstanding pieces of architecture and fine examples are found in many churches and cathedrals. They are examples of what faith can inspire and were at the forefront of technology in times past. They were taller and more creative structures than anything surrounding them during their heyday. On seeing Carlisle Cathedral it immediately beckoned.It bears the distinction of being the second smallest cathedral in England after Oxford Cathedral. Built in 1122 of local red sandstone as a monastic church in the Norman architectural style it featured solid masonry, large round piers, round arches and smallish round headed windows. These still exist in the south transept and the r...Read More

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Carlisle Cathedral
7 The Abbey
Carlisle, Cumbria, England CA3 8TZ
44(0)1228 548151

Carlisle Castle

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Carlisle Castle Photo, Cumbria, England
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Carlisle Castle is a must see for visitors to Carlisle and we duly headed for its grim fortifications. This great medieval fortress, has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. It was a constantly updated working fortress until recently. Today English Heritage manages the castle and visitors can explore its rich and varied visitor attractions reflecting its long and eventful history. The history of this site dates from an important Roman fortress here guarding their northern border. When William the Conqueror invaded England, Scotland had held this territory for the preceding 200 years. William’s son, William II, however defeated the Scots and claimed the area for Englan...Read More

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Carlisle Castle
Near ruins of Hadrian's Wall
Cumbria, England CA3 8UR
+44 (0)1228 591922

Lancaster Overview

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Lancaster Photo, Lancaster, England
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We stayed in the historic town of Lancaster. In the North-West of England it is a handsome town with many fine buildings and much history behind it. It lies on the River Lune, three miles inland. It began as a Roman fort. Its appeared in the Doomsday book in 1086. In the thousand years of history the present castle has seen much conflict –Robert Bruce of Scotland attacked it and Royalists in the English Civil War besieged it. Towards the end of the 17th century, Lancaster benefited from the growth of colonies in the West Indies and North America. The River Lune was deep enough to allow ocean-going vessels to navigate upriver. The port importing sugar, mahogany and tobacco, and became the f...Read More

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Lancaster Castle

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Lancaster Castle Photo, Lancaster, England
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We have a surplus of castles in the UK. They are a draw for peoples with a shorter history. I confess I am not immune to their proud and noble bearing either so Lancaster Castle received a visit. We tried the wrong door and a warden us that only long staying guests used that door– a prison!Standing proudly on its hilltop with its battlements and towers silhouetted against the sky, Lancaster Castle dominates the surrounding town of Lancaster. Here a succession of military fortifications dating back to a Roman fort in AD79 times has provided security against attack. Each succeeding fortification has gained in strength. In 1093 the Norman Baron, Roger of Poitou built a small motte and bailey ...Read More

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Lancaster Castle
Castle Parade
Lancaster, England LA1 1YJ
+44 (1524) 64998

Royal Kings Arms Hotel

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Royal Kings Arms Hotel Photo, Lancaster, England
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Arriving at Lancaster railway station without any accommodation booked we decided to try the Royal Kings Arms Hotel near the station. They had a room free and at a cheaper rate than I expected from this imposing hotel. It dates from 1625 and has the enormously high ceilings of that period and some windows big enough to drive a double-decked bus through. It boasts impressive views of the historic city of Lancaster and its castle. Among the many people who have stayed here is author Charles Dickens who stayed here several times during the mid 1800's.Only a short distance from the Highway, the hotel offers an excellent base for visiting Morecambe, Blackpool and touring the Lake District. It i...Read More

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Royal Kings Arms Hotel
75 Market Street
Lancaster, England LA1 1HP
+44 1524 32451