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Cultural Activities in Carlisle

04 September 2013 hallmark-hotel-carlisle


Carlisle has an incredible amount of stuff to see and visit considering its relatively small size for a city. It’s only a short drive away from Hadrian’s Wall, which is perfect for day-long walks, it is close to Talkin Tarn Park with it’s stunning lake and nature reserve. These are all situated outside the city centre. Today we focus on places to visit within the city centre. We have focused on three main cultural activities in Carlisle for you: Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral and Tullie House (Not House of Tully from Game of Thrones). Carlisle Castle is over 900 years old now and was a main focal point during many a war and invasion. Over those 900 years the have been modifications to the castle, going from a motte and bailey castle to a stone castle with a keep to being converted to an artillery castle under Henry VIII. One of the most interesting events that unfolded at the Castle was the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1567. Moving back to the present day, the Castle is open for visits every day of the week and from this weekend onwards they have a special event on. Are any of your children interested medieval soldiers? Well from 23rd May till 31st May spend the day at Carlisle Castle and get your first lessons in. Full information here. Next up on our city centre cultural places to visit is Carlisle Cathedral. The Cathedral was completed in 1133 and is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Carlisle. The Cathedral may not be the biggest of the ancient Cathedrals, in fact it is the 2nd smallest, but it still has amazing features they make it well worth a visit. From all the windows, the ceiling of the choir, the Treasury and plenty of magnificent stone carving there really is something for everyone to enjoy when visiting the cathedral. Finally we have the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. This is one of Carlisle’s best attraction sites with wide collections of fine decorative art, natural sciences and human history. It also holds many exhibitions and one-off events. Before you even set foot in the building, you will be in awe of how beautiful the grade – I building is. Throughout the year Tullie House also offers learning workshops for children. From history workshops to art to science to literacy workshops, there really is something for every child interested. Not only is there the Museum and Art Gallery but the gardens are also a joy to behold and it also has a garden restaurant for those wonderful sunny days. For more information check out their website. So if you were wondering what there is to do culturally in Carlisle city Centre, we hope we have provided you with some good information for during your stay with us in Carlisle.

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