Carlisle, often referred to as the Border City, has a rich heritage combined with a modern and commercial present. As the largest city in Cumbria – Lake District country; Carlisle is the economic heartbeat of the county that thrives on its historical past whilst recognising that it needs to move forward with the times if its economy is to remain buoyant in the long term.
Carlisle is an exciting place to be with a number of opportunities for people looking to live and work here. It has aspirations to increase its population by a further 40,000 people within the next twenty year and to establish itself as a major university city during the same period.
Getting around Carlisle and the neighbouring towns and villages is easy and is well served by public transport.
Key things to know about living in Carlisle:
- Carlisle's city centre is largely pedestrianised which makes it easier for shoppers to move from one part of town to the other.
- You will find the main high street stores such as House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer and Boots on the junction of English and Scotch Streets.
- The award-winning Lanes Shopping Centre is the biggest shopping centre in Cumbria and is home to the likes of Fat Face, H&M, Lush and the flagship Debenhams
- The Victorian covered market, between Scotch Street and Fisher Street, operates daily.
- The farmers market operates on the first Friday of every month, selling locally produced goods and foods.
- The impressive Carlisle Castle and the Guildhall Museum are great places to visit.
- If its an imaginative account of the city's turbulent past you are looking for, the impressive Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery is the place for you, it contains artefacts dating back to the Roman era and the construction of Hadrian's Wall along with a number of Bronze Age, Saxon and Viking exhibits.
- Carlisle Cathedral provides an insight into what made this city one of the most fought over places in Britain.
- If you are looking for a more contemporary form of entertainment, the Botchergate development is home to the Vue cinemas, and the Lonsdale and City offer a range of smaller, independent films.
- The Sands Centre by the banks of the Eden and the Stanwix Arts Theatre at the Cumbria College of Art and Design hold a select number of performances throughout the year.