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There is so much that you can see and do...

Carlisle is an excellent stop off point if you are travelling to or returning from Scotland but there is also much to do and see in and around the historic Great Border City situated on the cross-roads of so many interesting places. There is so much to do in and around the Historic city of Carlisle with its award winning museum, beautiful Cathedral and magnificent castle. Carlisle has a large pedestrianised shopping centre, which is festooned with floral displays in the summer. It's a good place to shop. All the main stores are to be found in and around The Lanes shopping centre. There is an excellent covered market too and Carlisle is now a great new travel hub due to the opening of Carlisle Airport.

There are only a few guesthouses with Bessiestown’s '5 Star Gold Award accreditation' in the whole of Cumbria, making each day out for our guests, Bessiestown, a pleasure to come ‘home’ to. Stay at Bessiestown and transform an overnight stay into a memorable occasion.

Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach of Carlisle. You don't have to drive either. Book in advance and you can be quickly in the heart of these cities for less than £20 return. Or why not experience the Carlisle-Settle line.

Fireworks In Carlisle
Guy Fawkes Night

On Guy Fawkes Night, Carlisle hosts one of the best firework displays in the country. The Christmas illuminations are also well worth a look.

Tullie House

The Award-Winning Museum

Tullie House, traces the turbulent history of the city of Carlisle and the border regions through interactive displays and audio-visual aids. From the Roman invasion, the building of Hadrian's Wall, and the years of the Border Reivers, the museum examines the history, archaeology, and social history of the Carlisle area. The art gallery houses exhibitions of fine and decorative arts, including an extensive Pre-Raphaelite collection, and changing exhibits of contemporary artists from all across the country.

Tullie House Museum Carlisle

Walking & Cycling Holidays

Hiking Around Longtown

Langholm has some of the most scenic walks around the town and surrounding countryside. Catering for all abilities, you can enjoy family walks taking in lovely views of the Eskdale Valley and for the more adventurous, challenge yourself with our five peaks; Castle Hill, Meikleholm, Timpen, Warbla and Whita.

To help you find the best hikes and walks around Longtown, we’ve reviewed our full collection of trails and routes in the region. Click on the useful links to get hiking and biking near Longtown.

eskdale valley

Hadrian's Wall

Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions

Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions, along the Hadrians Wall National Trail and around the beautiful surrounding areas.

Hadrian's Wall is a World Heritage Site and spans the dramatic countryside of Cumbria and Northumbria (about eighty miles) A significant portion of the wall still exists, particularly the mid-section, and for much of its length the wall can be followed on foot by Hadrian's Wall Path or by cycle on National Cycle Route 72. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England, where it is often known simply as the Roman Wall. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. English Heritage, a government organisation in charge of managing the historic environment of England, describes it as "the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain". Guests can drive to Birdoswald Fort and Visitors' Centre in thirty minutes.

hadrians wall

The Lake District

Some of the world's most beautiful scenery

Twenty minutes drive south of Carlisle, takes visitors into the North Lakes. Meander through the wonderful Cumbrian countryside to see the Lake District and the Eden Valley. You don't have to stay in the lakes to enjoy them!

the lake district