Carlisle is the only city in the beautiful county of Cumbria. There was a settlement in the area before the Romans came. When they arrived they built a town called Luguvalium which was an important place during the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. It is thought that the town fell into ruin after the Romans left, but later a castle was built on the site of the Roman fort and the town of Carlisle grew up around it.
Carlisle is an attractive city that we have visited numerous times over the years as we have family nearby. The Waterstones here is in a modern shop near the market cross area and is set over two floors.
Below left: Abbey Gatehouse. Top right: Carlisle Castle. Bottom right: Carlisle Market
Below left: Guildhall Museum. Right: Old Town Hall
The Cathedral – one of the smallest in the country, constructed from red sandstone.