Carlisle Cathedral in Winter

Carlisle is a city within the county of Cumbria. The city of Carlisle has a population of over 100,000 people. Carlisle is the largest city in England by area; however the majority of this territory is rural and not urbanised. Carlisle is located in North West England and shares its northern border with Scotland.

Carlisle has a diverse industry base for employment which includes recruitment, retail, wholesale manufacturing, health and social work. The transport and communications sectors also create a number of employment opportunities within Carlisle.

The city of Carlisle is connected to the rest of the UK via the M6 and to the Scottish Lowlands via the A74 (M) and the M74. Carlisle has its own railway station, Carlisle Citadel Station, which is a major station on the West Coast Main Line providing convenient transport links to the surrounding areas. Carlisle also has its own airport, Carlisle Lake District Airport; however it does not provide any commercial passenger flights since 2011.

Carlisle has links with its medieval history and architectural reminders include the Guild Hall, Carlisle Cathedral and the city's Castle. Carlisle Castle was the main fortress of England's 'Western March' against Scotland for 500 years, until 1603. It is a key attraction within the city and is also the home of Cumbria's military museum, The Museum of the Border and King's Own Royal Border Regiments.

The city of Carlisle also has nature reserves, art galleries and a wealth of shops and restaurants amongst its historical and architectural splendour for residents to enjoy.

Carlisle is a short distance from the Lake District which is well known as one of the best places to eat in the country. The area has four Michelin Star Restaurants. The county has more microbreweries than any other county and along with Jennings Brewery supply a variety of ales to pubs and restaurants throughout Carlisle.

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