Destination guide

The friendly area of Carlisle awaits your stay

The area's culture and cathedral are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Carlisle. This welcoming and walkable city entices travellers with its bars and coffee shops. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in and around Carlisle

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Carlisle a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Carlisle Racecourse (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
  • Rookin House Activity Centre (22.1 mi / 35.5 km)
  • Lake District Wildlife Park (22.6 mi / 36.3 km)
  • Kielder Observatory (22.9 mi / 36.8 km)
  • Lockerbie Golf Club (23.1 mi / 37.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Carlisle

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Carlisle is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bitts Park (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Talkin Tarn Country Park (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
  • Lacy's Caves (15.5 mi / 25 km)
  • Mayburgh Henge (20.4 mi / 32.8 km)
  • Crag Lough (20.7 mi / 33.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Carlisle

The nearest airport is in Carlisle (CAX), located 2.5 mi (4 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Wetheral Station, Carlisle Station and Dalston Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Carlisle?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 559 holiday lettings around Carlisle. From 12 flats & apartments to 460 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Carlisle?

If you are searching for a quiet retreat from the city, you're in luck! Leave all that stressful noise behind and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 166 rural holiday properties in this destination. Of course, that might not be your style. Luckily, HomeAway has plenty of other choices, including:

  • 97 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 57 lakeside holiday accommodation options.
  • 49 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Carlisle in a large group?

It can be difficult finding time to unwind with your nearest and dearest. A getaway is a wonderful opportunity to reunite and unwind. If you were hoping to stay together, HomeAway has options to suit. At the moment, cottage holiday rentals are preferred for big groups of travellers here, and we have 53 available on our database. Properties for rent around the area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 110 properties suited to that size. Stay a night from just £40.
  • Looking for a holiday property for 5 people? We have 45 that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £40 per night.
  • Arranging a trip away with 8 guests? We have 35 accommodation for rent that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £100 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can take your dad, your grandpa and all your pals to Carlisle.