Local area guide

Living in Carlisle

Welcome to Carlisle, a city that effortlessly balances cosy village charm with a lively urban scene, set amongst breathtaking natural landscapes.

Your guide to moving to Carlisle

Why Carlisle is a good place to live

The capital of Cumbria and the main city of the Lake District, Carlisle is a great place to live if you're after a small vibrant city with unrivalled access to countryside and leisure activities.

A huge part of Carlisle's appeal lies in its picturesque setting between the Solway Estuary, the Pennines, the Lake District, the Eden Valley and Northumberland National Park. It's surrounded by wild countryside but has excellent connections to cities in both England and Scotland.

In the largley pedestrianised city, Carlisle's history unfolds and each era leaves a distinct mark. The medieval cathedral, castle and museum are linked by charming cobblestone streets, spreading out to show the city's graceful expansion through the centuries. You'll discover lively bars and stylish cafes nestled within elegant Victorian arcades and buildings that hark back to the temperance era.

Living in Carlisle comes with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, characterised by its close-knit community spirit. Crime rates generally remain lower than in larger cities, while reputable schools and the University of Cumbria offer diverse opportunities for learning and personal growth.

What is Carlisle famous for?

Nicknamed 'The Great Border City', Carlisle is famous for its historical importance and strategic location throughout centuries of conflict. The magnificent Carlisle Castle stands as testament to hundreds of battles as the city changed hands between England and Scotland over the years.

Things to do in Carlisle

If you've got your walking boots, take on the long-distance hike to Hadrian's Wall. The UNESCO World Heritage Site once marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire and you can choose shorter sections if you don't want to do the entire trail.

There are many more popular walking routes in the area, with the River Eden Circular, the River Caldew Path and Cotehill Woods all starting in Carlisle itself. For a more challenging walk, consider climbing Talkin Fell, a low fell that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Recent regeneration has brought an exciting culinary scene to Carlisle. Sip great coffee in cool cafes, wander farmers' markets and food festivals, and take your pick of a range of highly rated restaurants, from gourmet pubs to eclectic fusion menus. By night, explore the best bars and clubs near Botchergate and Market Square.

Average asking prices in Carlisle today

We update our average asking prices daily using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£129,000

91 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£345,000

187 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£189,500

114 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£100,000

69 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Carlisle

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  • Bar Solo

    Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1

    Join us for a relaxing drink or quick bite to eat, we are a family friendly bar offering relaxed and unique surroundings.

  • Griffin

    Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1

    The Griffin is a great local pub in the heart of the community, with friendly service and honest pricing.

Transport in Carlisle

Trains

Carlisle's main train station runs direct services to Glasgow in about an hour and 15 minutes and Manchester in approximately 2 hours, making it a convenient hub for both local and regional travel.

Buses

The city benefits from a well-structured bus network that provides reliable connections within Carlisle and its outskirts.

Park and Ride

The Carlisle Kingstown Park and Ride facility offers a convenient way to access the city centre by bus, taking around 10-15 minutes.

Car

Carlisle is perched at the top of the M6, granting excellent connections in all directions. You can reach Glasgow and Newcastle in an hour and a half while Manchester and Edinburgh are both two hours' drive away.

Airports

While Carlisle does not have a major airport, Newcastle International Airport is only an hour and 30 minutes away via the A69. Glasgow Airport is also within reach, taking around one hour and 45 minutes to reach via the M74 and M6 motorways.

Transport connections in Carlisle

Carlisle
National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Dalston (Cumbria)
National Rail
3.9 miles / 6.3 km
Wetheral
National Rail
4.1 miles / 6.6 km
Armathwaite
National Rail
8.6 miles / 13.8 km
Gretna Green
National Rail
9.2 miles / 14.8 km
Brampton (Cumbria)
National Rail
9.5 miles / 15.3 km

Schools in Carlisle

Carlisle has a good mix of primary and secondary schools, including several well-regarded state schools such as Richard Rose Central Academy, Newman Catholic School and St. Aidan's Church of England High School.

Carlisle also has a selection of notable private schools. Austin Friars School is a private co-educational school and nursery and The Nelson Thomlinson School is a reputable grammar school in Wigton.

The University of Cumbria brings a diverse student population to the city and is known for its focus on sustainability and outdoor education.

Schools in Carlisle

Progress Schools - Carlisle
Ages: 13 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)
Trinity School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
Richard Rose Central Academy
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
Brook Street Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Norman Street Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Robert Ferguson Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)