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Historic sites and good pubs to enjoy in Carlisle

For those of you heading to Carlisle for the revitalisation meeting this Saturday 9 July at the Club Britannia from 1 to 3pm, you may have time beforehand to enjoy some of the city’s sites which reflect its importance in history.

The Romans established a settlement in Carlisle – primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the Priory into a Cathedral. Today, the imposing Cathedral occupies a central position in the heart of the ‘historic quarter'. Built for the glory of God, services have been read and choirs have sung in it for nearly 900 years.

The Prior’s Tower is next to the Cathedral and houses a small exhibition in the pele tower.

Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress that has watched over the city for over nine centuries. The Castle is also home to the Border Regiment Museum which relates the history of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment, the Border Regiment and the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and local Militia.

Cumbria‘s Museum of Military Life was founded in 1932 and tells the 300-year story of Cumbria’s army regiments through books, documents, photographs and artefacts. The museum is located right in the heart of the historic Carlisle Castle.

Those who want to find the best pubs in Carlisle, may find that these fit bill the bill.

Kings Head

An excellent city centre pub, winner of many CAMRA awards. Serves Yates Bitter and a range of guest ales from four handpumps. Pictures of old Carlisle adorn the internal walls and outside is an explanation of why the city isn't in the Domesday Book. Good value meals are served at lunchtime.

Milbourne Arms

Former state management pub which when built in 1853 served the thriving surrounding textile industry. Now owned by the the only remaining textile producer, Linton Tweeds. This is now the only remaining pub in the Denton Holme area. Cosy and friendly single room pub around a central bar. 12 minutes walk from Carlisle train station and on local bus routes.

Moo bar

Opened in November 2014 in central Carlisle this bar has rapidly established itself as a beer lover's heaven. Up to 12 hand pumps and 16 keg taps await the drinker's pleasure featuring an ever changing range of beers heavily biased towards Cumbrian breweries as well as regional, national and international ales. There is also an extensive range of interesting world bottled beers.

Spinners Arms

Cosy family-friendly hostelry, an original 'Redfern' pub with unique and original features. Situated less than half a mile from Carlisle's south-western boundary, close to the Cumbrian Way and National Cycle Route 7, which run alongside the picturesque river Caldew. There is regular live music, with Irish music sessions every first and third Wednesday. Children are welcome until 9pm and well behaved dogs are permitted. The pub is the Brewery Tap for Carlisle Brewing Co showcasing their beer on five pumps.

Woodrow Wilson

Wetherspoon pub in a refurbished Co-op building named after the former US president, whose mother was born in Carlisle. Up to 14 handpumps offer the largest range of real ales to be found in Carlisle, usually including many LocAle beers.

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