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What to See
You’ll find accounts of Carlisle’s tourist attractions with additional information plus shopping, eating out etc at Visit Cumbria. Links to local points of interest include:

Bitts Park
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Cathedral
Guildhall Museum
Hadrian’s Wall
The Citadel
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“It might be interesting, I thought, to see whether the Oldham fans would chant: ‘Dirty northern bastards’ at the first sign of foul play from the home team, but beyond that I had low expectations. How wrong I was.”
“Carlisle Cathedral… is a wonderful building with many highlights. My favourite is the pair of runic inscriptions. One translates as: ‘Tolfink wrote these runes on this stone,’ which seems barely worth the effort on Tolfink’s part unless the stone were originally attached to a magnificent piece of public sculpture, sadly lost. The other is even more economical: ‘Reginald,’ it announces, mysteriously.”
“At first I was uncertain whether I had actually arrived at the Wall. A little over 6ft high, it was a single course of stonework not totally dissimilar to the field boundary walls that ran into it, confining sheep. The only military feature was a kind of firing step set into the stone about a third of the way up. I was considering scaling this wall and continuing when walkers appeared, moving from left to right and vice versa along its length. The mist parted and to the east the Wall rose to ascend a crag.”
These are taken from the Carlisle chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email

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‘Walkers appeared. The mist parted and to the east the Wall rose to ascend a crag’