After my recent post on York, it’s only right that I should also show support for Cumbria – another community which was recently hit by devastating floods. Cumbria is another place close to my heart, being where I was brought up, and as a result here are a few highlights:
The city of Carlisle was flooded terribly ten years ago, and has recently been affected by more floods, but this city is far from closed. Here are a few highlights:
- Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery. One of Carlisle’s top attractions and a great place to visit if you are a culture buff.
- Carlisle Castle. Over 900 years old, Carlisle Castle has an important role in the history of the Borders. Run by English Heritage, you can be assured of an informative day out.
- Carlisle Cathedral. Like many cathedrals Carlisle boasts impressive architecture and stained glass. Whilst it is not the biggest or most famous cathedral, it has an interesting history.
- Go for a cocktail. This shows how far Carlisle has developed in the past few years, as before leaving for university I would never have recommended it for a night out. However, an influx of new bars means there are now some classy establishments for a drink – I’d recommend Hell Below or The Thin White Duke.
Cumbria is perhaps best know for the Lake District and its gorgeous scenery. My recommendations would include a walk to the top of Aira Force, a waterfall situated next to Ullswater. The market town of Keswick is beautiful and home to some great pubs and cafes. If you like chocolate, be sure to visit the Java cafe. If you are an artistic soul, head out of the town centre and towards the Pencil Museum. Grasmere is a pretty village filled with interesting gift shops. Don’t leave without trying Grasmere Gingerbread, or visiting Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth.
One of the largest counties in England, Cumbria has plenty to offer. Other notable recommendations would include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, and at the other end of the county – the world heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall.