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Carlisle, The Great Border City....
Carlisle in General
Member Name: BubblyGal
Carlisle in General
Date: 01/11/04, updated on 13/11/04 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to see and do, Historical landmarks, Beautiful scenery roundabout
Disadvantages: Small, Busy
Who better to tell you about Carlisle, than a born and bred Carlislean?!! Everything there is to know about Carlisle, I can tell you... Well, most of it anyhow!! Now, where shall we start?
Well, the best part of Carlisle has to be the city centre. The main part of which is The Lanes Shopping Centre. Recently refurbished it now houses over 70 top name shops including Debenhams, Quiz, Gap, HMV, Scotts, Faith and JD Sports.
There are over 600 parking spaces in the shopping centre which is over half a million feet of of premium shopping covered by a glass roof. (Perfect for when its raining!!)
There is a newly designed centre square with plenty of seating and a coffee bar, which is now a no - smoking area.
Outside of the lanes there are hundreds of other shops. Due to open in the very near future, there is the new Sports World, and next door, Poundland. Also, refurbished not so long ago is the Market Hall... which has a stall to suit everyones needs. There is a huge selection of places to eat, including the new KFC and of course MacDonalds!! Plenty to keep anyone occupied all day long!
Now, Carlisle is quite famouse for its history, and we have quite a few landmarks and old buildings in the town that tourists like to visit. The most popular of which, is probably the castle. Founded by William Rufus in 1092 and once a prison for Mary Queen of Scots, it is still the home today of the King’s Own Border Regiment.
Also, there is the cathedral with it’s 14th Century stained glass east window and magnificent ceiling.
All the threads of Carlisle’s colourful life and times are woven together dramatically in the displays of the award winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, now with the new underpass to the castle housing a whole load of old artefacts.
And last but not least is the tudor Guildhall museum. Still with the original painting and building work, it contains all sorts of interesting items.
Well, thats probably most of what you wanted to know about. They are the most interesting parts of Carlisle. I know theres not many but it is just a small city.
Another thing I forgot to mention is Bitts Park, which is situated on the bank of the River Eden. It now has a new play park for children with water jets and climbing frames. There is a small maze, and a huge playing feild. Great in the summer!!