History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Guarding the southern entrance to the old city walls are the twin towers of The Citadel, designed in 1810 by Thomas Telford to replace a 16th century fortress guarding the gateway. The towers housed assize courts and a gaol. In front of the eastern tower is a statue of the Earl of Lonsdale, who helped finance the towers.
The market place of Carlisle may stand on the site of the former Roman forum. On the north side of the square is the Town Hall, an unpretentious structure built in 1717. In the square is the Market Cross, built in 1682, with a gilded sundial atop a slender column. Nearby is the Guildhall, now a museum.
For an overview of Carlisle information resources, click through to our Carlisle Tourism page.
Address: Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
The Citadel - 1 miles (Historic Building)
Carlisle, St Cuthbert's Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Carlisle Cathedral - 1.2 miles (Cathedral)
Carlisle Guildhall Museum - 1.2 miles (Museum)
Tullie House Museum - 1.3 miles (Museum)
Carlisle Castle - 1.4 miles (Castle)
Wreay, St Mary's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Wetheral Priory Gatehouse - 4.2 miles (Abbey)
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