Carlisle is often known as the Great Border City due to being less than ten miles from the Scottish border and it is situated in Cumbria. This cathedral city is in the north west of the United Kingdom and is the most northern city in England and the only city in Cumbria.
With roots dating back to Roman times, Carlisle was once a small market town but is now a prosperous and flourishing city which attracts many diverse skills and businesses. These include manufacturing, construction, healthcare, retail, digital and IT, the public sector, transport, distribution and logistics. Tourism is also an important factor here due to its beautiful location and therefore it attracts a significant and ongoing amount of visitors each year. It is a viable destination for professionals seeking employment opportunities despite having a smaller jobs market in comparison to larger cities.
The University of Cumbria which is the only university to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently established in 2007 has its main headquarters in Carlisle and is popular and well respected, boasting a high percentage of graduate employability.
The city is easily accessible from Scotland and is popular with commuters due to the excellent transport links. Carlisle is accessible via the M6 and direct rail services from Carlisle to London last a little over three hours. If you wish for a more leisurely and scenic journey to Carlisle then try the spellbinding route via steam train by joining at Settle in North Yorkshire then travelling on through some of the most breathtaking and impressive scenery imaginable.
Carlisle boasts a long and varied past of bloody battles, sieges, rebellions and victories. From Saxons and Vikings to Royalty and Celts...they have all left their mark. Carlisle Castle is over 900 years old and welcomes visitors. Here you can see where Mary Queen Of Scots was held prisoner by her cousin all those centuries ago. It is here also that the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery along with the ancient Cathedral proudly stand in Carlisle's Historic Quarter. Surrounded by three meandering rivers and charming countryside, you can easily appreciate the timeless beauty of the city. The well known historical site of Hadrian's Wall which is the largest Roman display of archaeology in Britain and spans a staggering 73 miles in length is not too far away. Additionally ,the famous landmarks of the Pennines, the Lake District, Northumberland National Park and the Eden Valley are all within easy reach.
In contrast to the more traditional stores, there are a wealth of modern amenities offering a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants yet strategically dotted among Victorian arcades and beautifully architectural buildings.
One of Carlisle’s defining features is its close knit community who welcome visitors and newcomers alike. Compared to larger cities, Carlisle offers a much more affordable cost of living, providing a special and unique blend of historical charm, natural beauty and friendly locals. For those seeking a peaceful and harmonious lifestyle where a perfect work life balance is easily achievable then Carlisle is the preferred choice for many.