Things to Do

You will never be short of things to do in and around our historic Great Border City of Carlisle ...


Hadrian’s Wall National Trail (within 300 metres away from Fern Lee) is where you can walk in the footsteps of the Romans or take a trip on Hadrian's Wall Bus, visiting some of the forts and villages along the way. If you prefer to look at the trail from the air, Border Air offer various scenic tours.


Carlisle Castle (20 min walk away) is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history. Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is within the grounds of the castle and is well worth a visit.


Carlisle Cathedral (20 min walk away) is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Carlisle. It was founded as an Augustinian priory and became a cathedral in 1133. It is the second smallest (after Oxford), of England's ancient cathedrals.


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (20 min walk away) was opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893, the original building is a converted Jacobean mansion, with extensions added when it was converted. It is an Eclectic museum for historic relics, weaponry, fine art and natural sciences.


The Guildhall Museum (20 min walk away) is housed in the upstairs of Carlisle’s only medieval house. Built in 1407 of timber, tile bricks and clay, by Richard of Redeness, who left the house to the community of Carlisle when he died.


The Sands Centre (15 min walk away) is Carlisle’s premier entertainment venue  for theatre, music, variety and comedy.


The sport of golf is well provided for by Stonyholme Golf Club (300 metres away) and Carlisle Golf Club (10 min drive away), both challenging and beautiful courses.


The Lake District National Park (within a 30 minute drive away) is England's largest National Park is home to Scafell Pike - its highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.


The Scottish Border (only 7 miles away) is where you will find Gretna Green, famous for runaway weddings. Further on are the famous Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, both of which are an approx. 90 minute drive away.