Curious About Carlisle
Have fun discovering Carlisle with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download our booklet containing two walks from https://www.curiousabout.co.uk/carlisle.html then explore in your own time.
A Curious About walk is a safe, fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
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.
Walk 1: City Centre (1.5 miles)
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.
Walk 2: Cathedral & Castle to Bitts Park (1 mile)
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!
Both walks are buggy and wheechair friendly.