Carlisle, with its picturesque surroundings and stunning castle standing proudly over the city, is undoubtedly a fantastic place to live. The beautiful Eden valley, Lake District National Park and Solway Coast are within easy travelling distance, meaning you really can get the best of both worlds; city living with rural escapes on your doorstep. Carlisle benefits from a range of local amenities, regular bus routes and has excellent access to the M6 motorway and the surrounding countryside. The city centre has a vast array of high street shops plus the Lanes Shopping Centre - the largest shopping destination in Cumbria and The Borders. For even more choice, Gretna Green, the gateway to Scotland, is approximately 8 miles away, offering bargain prices at the Gretna Gateway Retail Outlet. For leisure time, Carlisle boasts an assortment of attractions. To learn more about the local history, head to Tullie House Museum, Carlisle Cathedral or the city’s impressive medieval castle, built to protect the city in 1092. Hadrian’s Wall is also nearby, where you can explore the 2000-year-old Roman monument.
Lots to do in the local area
When it comes to activities and entertainment you couldn’t be better placed. Within the city you’ll find: a Vue cinema, bowling alley, two golf clubs, Urban Adventure high ropes, Pools Swimming & Health Centre, Eden Rock Climbing Wall, a dry ski slope and horse riding – truly something for everyone! Also nearby is The Sands Centre, an impressive leisure and entertainment venue offering live entertainment, gym and exercise facilities, a sports hall and climbing wall.
Great options for schooling
There’s a range of well-respected schools in and around Carlisle, including James Rennie School and Wreay Church of England Primary school, both rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. With a wide selection of nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and academies, every child will be well-catered for here.
Fantastic transport links
The Lake District, Yorkshire, Humberside and the North Pennines are all easily accessible from Carlisle, via great road links including the A7, A595, A689, A69 and the adjoining motorways.
Carlisle Station, right in the centre of town, offers regular services to Glasgow, Edinburgh and a direct service to London Euston, with many major destinations in-between. There are also excellent links by train and the A69 to Newcastle, the Metrocentre at Gateshead and the East coast.