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Arriving in Carlisle by train? Alamo has a rental desk just a couple of minutes' walk from Carlisle train station.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Carlisle are Europcar, Hertz, Keddy, Alamo and Thrifty.
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Warmest month: July (17°C)
Coldest month: February (4°C)
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Hire a car in Carlisle
Resting upon the once “Debatable Lands”, Carlisle is infused with 2000 years of history.
On the border between England and Scotland, the city’s strategic location has long been the centre of attention. Its castle has passed between different ruling hands over and over again while the nearby section of Hadrian’s Wall showcases the area’s Roman past.
Carlisle is also famed as a gateway to the rest of the beautiful county of Cumbria and the stunning Lake District. If you’re looking to dive into history and then into natural English beauty, Carlisle is the place to start your road trip. But first, use easyCar to find your perfect car hire.
Sights to see
Carlisle is an historic Cumbrian city near the border between England and Scotland steeped in over 2000 years of heritage. Filled with interesting architectural and cultural treats, Carlisle is a wonderful place for a weekend visit or even a longer stay.
Things to do in Carlisle
Originally a Celtic settlement, Carlisle has a history of habitation stretching back two thousand years. It has often figured in the bloody wars between England and Scotland, with William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and eventually Bonnie Prince Charlie all attempting to take over this important strategic stronghold. Today, however, Carlisle is far less chaotic! The city centre around Green Market is filled with excellent shops, bars and restaurants and there are several wonderful museums and galleries to explore. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery offers a fascinating insight into local history, including an exhibit on catapults and ancient weaponry. It's also worth visiting the striking Carlisle Cathedral. Although it has suffered much damage and rebuilding since its construction in 1122, it still retains many of its original features and makes for an impressive visit.
Carlisle: Discover more
Rent a car in Carlisle and you can enjoy the freedom to explore the city and the surrounding area at your own pace. Don't miss Carlisle Castle, where you take a guided tour of the chambers and ramparts. This was the castle where Elizabeth I kept Mary Queen of Scots in 1568. From the top of the battlements you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the nearby countryside.