Carlisle is a mainline station serving a number of rail companies. The station is operated by Virgin Trains.
The Citadel station was built in 1847 and was designed by William Tite, who was also responsible for the London Stock Exchange.In its heyday seven railway companies operated from the station.
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The Local Area
Carlisle is a 2000-year-old border city between England and Scotland, and is full of rich heritage but is also recognised as a modern commercial and industrial centre. In recent years Carlisle has become a popular shopping destination with something for everyone. Carlisle is also famous for Hadrian’s Wall, the Cathedral and Tullie House.
Hadrian’s Wall, this famous Roman barrier is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular long distance paths. It extends 118km (73 miles) across the beautiful North of England, from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. This historical landmark is certainly worth a visit.
The cathedral is open daily from 7:30 to 6:15 with volunteer guides to assist visitors. Carlisle Cathedral is surrounded by history and makes for a fascinating visit, with stained glass windows, painted ceilings and medieval paintings to name but a few, and is a very popular attraction in Carlisle.
Tullie House Museum has a lot to offer stunning galleries, replicas of a Roman street and an Edwardian railway carriage along with lots more to see and do. Then underground is the Millennium Gallery which opened in 2001 and that also has a lot to offer such as a beautiful collection of local crystals, there is also a granite walkway which links Tullie House to Carlisle Castle.
Standing strongly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attraction reflects its long and eventful history. Today the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of the best-loved landmarks. With Border Reivers tours, the picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian’s Wall, the Castle makes for a full family day out.
In recent years Carlisle has become a very well known city for shopping. The centre is only a five minute walk from the train station with an extensive range of shops to choose from and something to suit all tastes and budgets..
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