At the start of the twenty first century Carlisle is a Historic City and County Town of Cumbria. Being about 60 miles from any other city of similar or larger size it is a main shopping, commercial and administrative centre for a sizeable portion of north west England and southern Scotland


Carlisle City CentreThe city centre is now pedestrianised containing spacious walkways, several indoor shopping centre's a market. There are several parks around the city, and a number of historical sites. Carlisle is an interesting enough city to visit in its own right, it has the beauty that it can be combined with a visit to the lakes, the cumbrian coast or the borders of Scotland or as a stopover on the route between Scotland and England. Breaking and Travel News news for Cumbria including the Carlislet area can be found on our Cumbria News Page. A Photo Gallery where photos can be viewed and uploaded for Carlisle can be found on our Galleries Page  

The junction at the northern end of the A6 in Carlisle, the A6 goes off to the lrightThe A6 & M6 in Carlisle

The A6 into Carlisle was the main south-north road on the western side of the country from its inception in the 1920's up until the opening of the M6 Carlisle Bypass in 1970. It was later relegated to primary route status later to non primary route status. The sign on the M6 northbound now shows this junction (42) for Carlisle (South) the main junction for the city being 43 the A69.


A Vigin Voyager train at Carlisle StationThe M6 came to Carlisle in 1970 as an isolated section from junctions 42-44 known as the Carlisle Bypass, it was joined to the rest of the M6 in 1971. Today junction 44 to the north of Carlisle is the most northerly point of the M6

Today the city is easy to reach by train and car with the M6 bypassing the city and the M74 currently about 6 miles to the north. Carlisle is served by 3 junctions on the M6, 42, 43 & 44. Of these junction 43 the A69 is prehaps the best to use, junction 42 the A6 is properly the second best, whilst junction 44 is the one to avoid unless you are just visiting the north of the city.