Places to visit
Carlisle the largest city in Cumbria. It has an excellent shopping centre having a wide variety of small independent shops in addition to many larger department and national chain stores that would normally be expected to be found only in much bigger urban centres. Although well equipped the shopping areas are mostly pedestrianised and an ideal place for a relaxing brouse around the shops, shopping with mates and friends or Christmas shopping. Carlisle has a diverse range of cafes and restaurants and a busy social scene with a bustling night-life especially at the weekends with several clubs and bars. Cumbria is a paradise for real ale enthusiasts having more microbreweries than any other county and together with Jennings Brewery supply a variety of ale to pubs and restaurants throughout Carlisle.
Carlisle is one of England's most historic cities having the world famous Hadrian's Wall running through it. Carlisle is situated within a few miles of the Scottish border and, at one time, was the focus of many disputes and battles. The modern city boasts a new university, the imposing castle and cathedral which dominate the sky-line that are the centre-pieces to this attractive city, and a nationally acclaimed museum, the Tullie House Museum and Arts Gallery where you can find the infamous Cursing Stone and The Guildhall Museum.
The Lake District is a relatively small area. A short drive will take you to Caldbeck in the northern fells group. The drive to Keswick, Ullswater, Windermere and even Wastwater is only a little further. Historic monuments, fantastic activities and excellent cuisine abound. The area is a mecca for walkers and climbers of all standards.
The Scottish Borders historically bore the brunt of the conflicts with England, both during declared wars such as the Wars of Scottish Independence, and armed raids which took place in the times of the Border Reivers. Thus, across the region are to be seen the ruins of many castles, abbeys and even towns. Days can be spent exploring the villages and towns through an area of diverse landscape. From world famous Gretna Green to the beaches of Galloway and the Southern Uplands and onwards to Berwick and the east coast there is no shortage of things to do on day trips. We are also close to the coast, our nearest seaside is Powfoot just a couple of miles away from Annan, just over the border.
Hadrian's Wall Country You will find something to suit every taste and budget in Hadrian’s Wall Country. Steeped in history there are 14 major Roman sites, forts and museums and countless milecastles and turrets to explore, as well as many great non-Roman places on offer. Explore the stunning landscape of the World Heritage Site on foot, or cycle, at your own ease or accompanied by one of our recommended itineraries and take in the fantastic atmosphere of the bustling cities, market towns and quaint villages you will find along the way.