Worth a visit: Carlisle

By Lucy Oliver

The border city of Carlisle in Cumbria is a wonderful, history-laden destination for June. It was the Romans who chose to establish a settlement here while the medieval fortress of Carlisle Castle has looked over the city for over 900 years.

Carlisle has much to explore including a cathedral perhaps most famed for its Tudor painted ceiling in the 16th-century Prior's Tower. The Guildhall Museum on nearby Fisher Street dates back to 1407 – the only surviving medieval house in the city. Each room is dedicated to a different trade, from butchers to merchants, to tanners and tailors. Carlisle's other sights include the Border Regiment Museum, while rail enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the railway station for its steam trains.

Carlisle is also a stop-off point for pilgrims on the journey to see St Andrew's relics across the border at the eponymous Scottish seaside town. For more information on walking The Way of St Andrews, visit www.thewayofstandrews.com. From Carlisle, Hadrian's Wall is 16 miles away, and along the route is the beautiful 13th-century church at Lanercost Priory, which hosts a festival of music and drama from 19–26 June, including a production of King Lear. For more information, visit www.lanercostfestival.co.uk.