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Cumbria, Visitor & Tourism Guide

World Heritage and Wordsworth, landscape and coast
Along with destinations such as Devon, The Highlands and London, this county is essential UK visiting.

In North West England. On the Scotland and England border. The Irish Sea to the west. Surrounded by Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders. Manchester and Liverpool to the south, Newcastle upon Tyne to the east.*

Mountains, lakes and two National Parks
The Lake District National Park is one of the UKís most popular with about 8 million visits a year. However, covering well over 2000 square kilometres itís the second largest Park in the UK (the Cairngorms National Park are nearly twice the size) so itís relatively easy to find some peace and quiet away from the tourist hotspots. Wast Water is one of the UK's most famous views, Lake Windermere its most famous lakes. Striding Edge is perhaps England's finest ridge walk, Scafell Pike its highest mountain.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park pushes up into Cumbria around Sedbergh.

Natural Beauty
Clearly thereís a great deal more to the county than its National Park. In the north west youíll find the Solway Coast AONB. In the south, on the Cumbria and Lancashire border, youíll find the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. To the east is the North Pennines AONB.

The Howgill Fells run from the south east of Cumbria into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. If there, perhaps try Stonetrail Riding and Bike Hire.

UNESCO World Heritage
Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, one of the UKís most famous attractions, runs from Bowness-on-Solway on the east through Cumbria into Northumberland. Fortifications ran down the Cumbria coast, too, as far as Maryport.

Places in which to base yourself
Within the Lake District National Park, the obvious choices are Ambleside or Windermere, Ullswater or Keswick. Penrith, Cockermouth and Kendal are all on the fringes of the Park. Beyond its boundaries, head for Carlisle to the north or Barrow-in-Furness to the south.

Cumbria has attracted some of the UKís most famous writers and artists. The poet Wordsworth (Dover Cottage near Grasmere) and the childrenís writer Beatrix Potter (try Hill Top, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Beatrix Potter Gallery around Windermere) are the most famous but John Ruskin (Brantwood, near Coniston) lived and worked here, too.

If castles are your thing, head for Carlisle Castle or Muncaster Castle by the coast, Piel Castle by Barrow-in-Furness or the impressive Brougham Castle by Penrith. You could also try Penrith Castle and Kendal Castle. Visit Carlisle Cathedral and Conishead Priory by Ulverston. 15 minutes from the Scottish border is Lanercost Priory.

For country houses, visit Dalemain House and Gardens, Holker Hall and Gardens and Hutton-in-the-Forest House.

For prehistory, visit Casterton Stone Circle by Carnforth and by Keswick. There are dozens of others to discover.

Rain and water
On rainy days, try the Lakes Aquarium or The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry by Kendal or The Bond Museum behind the delightfully named Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick.

Jump on a boat and explore the lakes. Ullswater Steamers and Windermere Lake Cruises are a couple of obvious attractions.

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Carlisle Castle

Located in Carlisle, Cumbria, North West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Begun by William II of England in the late eleventh century on site of Roman fort. Mary, Queen of Scots imprisoned here in 1568. Beseiged in the English Civil War. Saw conflict in the 1745 Jacobite rising. Managed by Eng...

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Carlisle Cathedral

Located in Carlisle, Cumbria, North West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Originally an Augustine monastery. Built during the twelfth century. Carlisle Cathedral is made from red sandstone. During the 1745 Jacobite uprising, Carlisle was seized by the invading Jacobites and when re-taken by th...

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Penrith Castle

Located in Penrith, Cumbria, North West England, England

Approximately 18.0 miles away.

Located in the town of Penrith, just outside the Lake District National Park. Built in the fifteenth century to defend the area from Scottish raids. Managed by English Heritage...

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Crown & Mitre, Carlisle
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 94; Rates: £78 - £125 Per Night

Located in the town near to Carlisle cathedral and castle, the Crown and Mitre is ideally situated for walks and drives It has been carefully restored to retain its Edwardian character & charm, whilst offering guests eve...

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The Angus Hotel, Cumbria
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 14; Rates: £48 - £81 Per Night

Rachel and Martin welcome you to a relaxing stay in their family-run hotel where you are assured of a warm and friendly reception in a convenient location The Angus Hotel is ideally situated just 10 minutes walk from Car...

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Hallmark Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 70; Rates: £55 - £110 Per Night

In the heart of the city centre, next to Carlisle Railway Station, this elegant Victorian hotel was fully refurbished in 2009 and now offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and boutique-style rooms...

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