‘The city centre, where Castle Street meets the pedestrianised precinct that runs from Rickergate in the north to the wonderfully named Botchergate in the south’

Events coinciding with home games in August
17 Fake Festival: Tribute Bands
17 Megacon Carlisle 2019
23-25 Carlisle Collective Fringe Festival
7 Carlisle Puppet Pageant
26 (to 8 Oct) Carlisle Book Festival
27-29 Carlisle Blues Rock Festival
28 Cumbria Pride
19-26 Spooky Castle
2 Carlisle Fireshow

17-27 Locusts, Ants and Humans (Greed and Survival)
to 6 Oct Fantastic Fairground Factory
to 26 Jan 2020 Cultures Collide
19 Oct (to 5 Jan) JMW Turner: Northern Exposure
19 Oct (to 5 Jan) Rembrandt: Etchings from the British Museum

‘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’

What to See
You’ll find accounts of Carlisle’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s 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