Picturesque Cumbrian hotel draped in Georgian grandeur
Located in the city centre, the County Hotel Carlisle offers guests a slice of grandeur in an area that features many picturesque and beautiful locales.
Opposite Carlisle railway station, this 2-star establishment has good transport links. Its well connected with the outlying motorways that connect the city to both English cities and the scenic climes of Scotland.
The hotels 84 guestrooms include en-suite bathroom facilities with complimentary toiletries. Hairdryers and make-up mirrors provide additional beauty luxuries. Rooms also contain a television, telephone, free wireless internet access, and work desks suitable for those visiting Cumbria on business. Pets are permitted with prior permission.
Elsewhere in the hotel visitors will find four meeting rooms able to accommodate between 10 and 120 delegates. All standard business amenities are included as well as options that include lunch and dinner.
The Gallerie restaurant provides guests with a location to enjoy breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening. Portlands Resident Bar offers a slightly less formal environment to enjoy either a quiet drink, a place to meet colleagues and friends, or somewhere to enjoy lighter meals that those offered in the restaurant.
The hotel also offers a venue for wedding receptions.
The city of Carlisle itself offers a number of attractions for those visiting the area for leisure. Just outside of the County Hotel Carlisle stand the twin towers of the historic citadel belonging to Henry VIII. Elsewhere a cathedral, castle, and the remains of the mediaeval town walls can be visited, all of which lend to the impressive history of the settlement.
The Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, which itself is housed in a Grade I listed building, houses a number of antiques and artefacts, as well as botanical and geological collections. The history of Hadrians Wall, the structure which separates England and Scotland, is focused upon in some of the collections.
Outside of the city visitors can enjoy the Lake District National Park and its picturesque scenery. Rolling hills, mountains, and reservoirs feature throughout the region which is popular with walkers, hikers, cyclists, and extreme sports fanatics. Suitable for either an afternoon excursion or a full day trip, the area is a preferred location for guests at the hotel.
As well as the Lake District, Carlisle lays only a short trip (10 minutes by train) from Gretna across the Scottish Border. As well as being famed for eloping couples looking to get married, also features photograph snapping scenery.
One of the attractions that many visitors enjoy during a stay in the region is a trip on the Settle to Carlisle railway. This historic piece of railway, which faces perpetual closure, is one of the most scenic railway routes in the whole of the UK. It travels from North Yorkshire to Carlisle passing by beautiful green fields, the Yorkshire Dales, and Pennine Mountains. The Ribblehead Viaduct, a 400 metre long and 32 metre high viaduct that crosses the River Ribble in North Yorkshire, offers perhaps the best railway view in the world, and is a must for guests at the County Hotel Carlisle.