Carlisle is referred to as "an ancient and famous city" which historians agree was a place of importance in the time of the Romans. Carlisle has had more than its fair share of war and devastation particularly from Roman times onward mainly due to its proximity to the border with Scotland. The Romans came to the area in around 80 AD and established a fort from which they could mount raids to the North against the Scots. The fort occupied the site where Carlisle Cathedral now stands.
Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of the now famous Roman Wall (Hadrians Wall) which stretches from the Solway Firth on the Cumbrian coast to Newcastle on the east coast of the country. Hadrians Wall is now a World Heritage Site. Tullie House Museum located between The Castle and The Cathedral provides an interesting and comprehensive history of the city.
Carlisle is now a modern and busy city with an impressive Castle which was used to confine Mary Queen of Scots in the late fifteen hundreds. The city has an excellent range of social leisure and retail opportunities
Carlisle is an expanding city with a good rural and commercial base that offers an excellent environment for a diverse range of people. The city is surrounded by attractive open countryside and is on the doorstep of the Eden Valley, Lake District National Park, and the Solway Firth which is well known for its migrating birdlife. Carlisle is bypassed by the M6 Motorway which provides excellent road communications for travel in all directions. Newcastle Airport in the east can be reached in little over an hours drive. Other international airports within or around two hours drive include:- Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool. Carlisle is on the West Coast Mainline. There are fast and frequent services to London in around three hours fifteen minutes service and non-stop to Glasgow in about an hour and fifteen minutes. There are other direct rail services from including Carlisle to Edinburgh - one hour twenty minutes, Newcastle and Manchester including Manchester Airport.