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The most northern city of England with origins as a Roman outpost, the history of Carlisle in Cumbria has been defined by many battles between the old adversaries of Scotland and England. In spite of this obvious and notable history and some ancient examples of architecture, the city itself has a modern landscape and a very lively contemporary culture, found in the bars, clubs and other leisure and entertainment facilities. Carlisle hotels offer an essential service in the city for the great numbers of visitors who are either passing through or staying for extended periods.

Forming the most northerly part of the Roman Empire, the city was a fortress associated with Hadrian's Wall, a World Heritage Site and major visitor attraction. Much of the wall still stands and meanders its way through Cumbria and neighbouring Northumberland. Little such history remains in the centre of the city but there are two outstanding architectural landmarks, in the castle and cathedral which date from the 11th and 12th centuries respectively. The castle is now a military museum and the cathedral has the distinction of being the second smallest in the country, after the one in Oxford.

In terms of area, the city is the largest in the country but most of what is incorporated into the city boundaries is rural land and Carlisle hotels within the city centre will offer easy access to most of the attractions and sights. The most famous rural land south of the city is of course the Lake District and a hotel in the city provides a great base for enjoying the lakes and stunning natural surrounds as well as all the attractions of the city centre. A great feature of the city is its location, which has always been important in the city's development and history.

To the north via the M74 is Scotland, and the M6 starts in the city southwards to all points in England. There is also an airport, situated some 6 miles from the city centre and plans are in place to offer commercial flights to Belfast, Dublin and Paris. The location of the city makes it easy to get to and as the main transport hub between Scotland and England it welcomes large numbers of travellers in both directions. Carlisle hotels are well established in offering the kind of accommodation which is ideal for short stop-overs, whether for leisure or business and will have all the facilities to suit.

As a relatively modern cityscape, there are many different types and styles of hotel available; some traditional Victorian properties and others which meet client demand through modern buildings and contemporary spaces. A range of business features are to be expected, especially within the more modern establishments which tend to cater for the corporate traveller. These will generally include a selection of meeting spaces, supported by the relevant technology and also often computer areas with internet connectivity. Executive suites and rooms will have business-oriented features too, such as direct dial telephones and work desks.

The older Carlisle hotels which date from a grand Victorian age will reflect the style and elegance of the period, in the guest rooms and in the dining and lounge facilities. These too will have superb function spaces which may be used for conferences or special events such as weddings. Other traditional Carlisle hotels further illustrate the city's strategic location for travellers by offering accommodation within a classic traditional inn setting. The selling point of these establishments is the character and aged ambience for sure but they will also generally have great lounge bars and restaurants in which to enjoy some refreshments and wholesome home-cooked fare.