The small but attractive town of Carlisle is located in the North-West of England, being the capital of the region of Cumbria. Its foundation dates from the Roman settlement and its history has been developed in parallel to that of Scotland. Today the city blends traditional features with modern ones, the most notable attractions being the Old Town Hall Square, the cathedral and castle. It has a very dynamic nightlife and is a charming small town, but with a personality (including a peculiar accent of the North of England, I have to admit that is one of my favorites). Given its proximity to the famous Lake District, where the larger lakes of England lie and a completely idyllic place where many films have been shot such as Miss Potter, this city is a lovely alternative. It is different from the big cities of London or Manchester and has a traditional English town feel.
In the historic center of the city stands this cathedral built in red stone. It was founded in the twelfth century as an Augustinian monastery but later, with religious reform was named the Anglican Cathedral. Although the start was built in a Norman style, it was completed in an English Gothic style. In perfect condition and fully operational, the caterdral is undoubtedly one of the major attractions of the historic city. Its interior ceilings are original, made of polychrome wood. Outwardly, it is not too big and has a single tower, which is rather sober. One of the places not to miss in Carlisle.
Flanking the historic center of the city of Carlisle, is a castle that was built to defend the city. It was built by the immediate heirs of the Normans in the XI century and played a vital role in wars between the English and the Scots, having been owned by both countries. Relevant papers show that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here. The castle is in perfect condition because it is still in use (and has never ceased to be) by the British Army, mainly by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, one of the most historic units of the army. This makes this visit restricted to certain areas, but despite this, it is worthwhile because of the beautiful views over the city. Operating rights belong to British Heritage, although the price was well worth it.