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Visitor accommodation in Carlisle's student residences

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  • Carlisle’s university residences provide a convenient and affordable way to visit Cumbria's largest city
  • These modern rooms with self-catering facilities are a comfortable and cost-effective alternative to staying in a hostel or a cheap hotel in Carlisle
  • A short distance from Carlisle city centre, this accommodation is a great point from which to explore the city

Reviews for Carlisle

Based on 6 reviews

very central, walking distance to the town centre, great laundry facilities

Carrock Hall, University of Cumbria

N.B. Food was not provided - PLEASE DO NOT include the 'breakfast' rating as it does not apply [N/A is not provided as an option- why?]

Carrock Hall, University of Cumbria

Carlisle Visitor information

Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria, and therefore the county town. Historically in Cumberland, it is also the administrative centre of the City of Carlisle borough in North West England. Carlisle is located at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, 10 miles (16 km) south of the Scottish border. It is the largest settlement in the county of Cumbria, and serves as the administrative centre for both Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council. 

Carlisle has a compact historic centre with a castle, museum, cathedral and semi-intact city walls. The former law courts or citadel towers which now serve as offices for Cumbria County Council were designed by Thomas Telford. 

The Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery was opened in 1893 by the Carlisle Corporation. The museum features resident exhibits detailing the history of Roman occupancy of the region, Hadrian's Wall and the Border Reivers. Tullie House, named after the Jacobean mansion in which it is located, hosts travelling exhibitions. The museum has received many awards and was expanded in 1990 and 2000. The city's Guildhall Museum is based in a 14th-century house and the Border Regiment Military Museum is in the castle.

Every August the Carlisle Food Fair is held in the pedestrianised area of the city centre. It plays host to produce from across the continent and features local produce including Cumberland sausage, Cumberland sauce and Cumberland Mustard.

Carlisle Transport

Carlisle is linked to the rest of England via the M6 motorway to the south, and to Scotland via the M74/A74 towards Glasgow and the north. Many trunk roads begin or terminate in Carlisle, including the A6 to Penrith and Luton (historically the main road to the south), the A595 to western Cumbria, the A69 to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the A7 to Edinburgh. The City of Carlisle is the only city in Great Britain other than London and Edinburgh with more than one single numbered 'A' road - A6 and A7 (although at one time the A5 and A6 met in St Albans).

Carlisle is a principal railway station on the West Coast Main Line. Other lines go to Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow via Dumfries, and west Cumbria. Kingmoor Traction Maintenance Depot is a major facility north of Carlisle. Visit for train times and prices.

Local bus services are run by Stagecoach North West, Reays and Arriva. Buses to other major cities leave regularly - for prices and times visit


History of Carlisle

The early history of Carlisle is marked by its status as a Roman settlement, established to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall. Until 400 AD the Roman occupation saw many fluctuations in importance. At one time it broke off from Rome when Marcus Carausius assumed power over the territory. He was assassinated and suffered Damnatio Memoriae. A reference to him was uncovered in Carlisle. Coins excavated in the area suggest the Romans remained in Carlisle up to the rule of Emperor Valentinian II from 375 to 392 AD.

During the Middle Ages, because of its proximity to the Kingdom of Scotland, Carlisle became an important military stronghold; Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, was built in 1092 by William Rufus, and having once served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle now houses the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum. In the early 12th century Henry I allowed the foundation of a priory in Carlisle. The town gained the status of a diocese in 1122, and the priory became Carlisle Cathedral.

The death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603 began the end of turbulent relations between the Scots and England. With no English heir, James VI of Scotland became King James I of England and determined to bring peace to his 'United Kingdom'. When the kingdoms united Carlisle Castle should have become obsolete as a frontier fortress, but in 1642 the English Civil War broke out and the castle was garrisoned for the king. It endured a long siege from October 1644 until June 1645 when the loyalist forces surrendered after the Battle of Naseby. The city was occupied by a parliamentary garrison, and subsequently by their Scots allies, who destroyed the cathedral’s nave and used the stone to rebuild the castle. Carlisle continued to remain a barracks thereafter.

In 1707 an act of union was passed between England and Scotland, creating Great Britain, and Carlisle ceased to be a frontier town. Carlisle remained a garrison town. The tenth, and most recent siege in the city's history took place after Bonnie Prince Charlie took Carlisle in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. When the Jacobites retreated across the border to Scotland they left a garrison of 400 men in Carlisle Castle. Ten days later Prince William, Duke of Cumberland took the castle and executed 31 Jacobites on the streets of Carlisle.

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