Explore Carlisle city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Carlisle's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
If you start feeling thirsty in Carlisle, you could always lick a stone. Apparently that's what the Jacobite prisoners in the dark dungeons of the city's castle used to do when they got parched. Carlisle was made a city in 1133, and whilst its cathedral is the 2nd smallest in England, it punches way above its weight. There’s a castle, theatres, museums, amazing architecture, playful parks, a river, and is known as The Great Border City, due to its proximity with Scotland. In 2012 it was named the happiest city in the UK, and still ranks consistently high.
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1. Carlisle City Centre - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From Carlisle’s bustling station this walks winds you round The Citadel, an ancient gateway to the south. Then it’s up the city’s main, pedestrianised thoroughfare, past Carlisle Cross and the Old Town Hall into a modern shopping mall with hidden treasures. Loop back past the Old Fire Station and a Victorian Market Hall to the Guildhall. Walk beside the city walls, then arrive at the cathedral, a wondrous beauty to behold.
The Railway Station Carlisle Cathedral 1.5 hoursOK
2. Carlisle Cathedral to Bitts Park, via The Castle - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Enjoy the fascinating grounds of Carlisle Cathedral, then visit some typical streets where John Wesley once preached. Walk by the famous Tullie House Museum before crossing its gardens and pleasing courtyards – a beautiful space in the heart of the city. Next, be careful, as you encounter the infamous Cursing Stone before passing Carlisle Castle to end at a delightful park, where you can walk, play or watch the world go by!
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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"We had a long drive to Carlisle, the following day was bright and sunny so we did your walks, and they were absolutely fabulous - we learnt so much about a city we'd never been to before. Thank you."
Latest Revision : September 2020