This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Carlisle. To help you make friends with Carlisle before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Carlisle, popular for many things, including its location as a starting or ending point along Hadrian's Wall, is a small city in Cumbria. While its location is not as near to the lakes as other cities or villages in the Lake District, Carlisle offers a more urban experience, and acts as the gateway to the lakes and to the famous roman ruins that lie to the west.
Your options for hostels in Carlisle will put you just over half a mile away from the train station, and a little further from the bus station, not too far from the city center. There are some shops in the city that sell groceries and you can find anything you need at a reasonable price, compared to most other smaller villages in the Lake District. While this northern city does have its treasures, nightlife can get sketchy, so don't stay out alone too late! Try the Crown and Thistle Inn for some good drinks and company if you're spending the evening out.
For daytime activities, explore the Cathedral in Carlisle or the Carlisle Castle. The Castle is an English Heritage Site, and is both historically significant for Roman and medieval history. Hadrian's Wall, of course, is also another large attraction, and Carlisle is the perfect starting or ending location if you are planning on traveling the entire thing or just sections of it. Carlisle is easy to reach by train or bus from any major city in England or Scotland. You can also drive into Carlisle, but keep in mind that parking is often not available.
Written by local enthusiast for Carlisle hostelsEmily Schreiber