The Hall and its grounds are stunning, the breakfasts and food are heaven, the owners and staff are welcoming and gracious hosts.

"I have had the pleasure of staying at Warwick Hall on many occasions in family groups, as a couple and for private hire purposes and have thoroughly enjoyed each visit."

What an extra special family celebration we had at Warwick Hall. Nothing was too much trouble for Val and her staff. The food, rooms and surroundings were wonderful - in particular the cosy lounge which we made good use of.

"I cannot praise the place highly enough. The Hall is in a beautiful setting and I received an extremely warm welcome. My room was fantastically comfortable, spotless and spacious and the public areas are perhaps even more impressive."

"Every single thing about our trip to Warwick Hall was perfect: the beautiful setting is so tranquil that it makes you take that step back and relax, immediately. Whilst the Hall itself is impressive, it is in no way intimidating; we instantly felt completely at home."

Carlisle Castle

On a prominent site north of the city centre, Carlisle Castle has played an important role in the history of Carlisle for centuries.

First built by William Rufus (William the Conqueror's son), the castle is strategically located on the border between England and Scotland and has witnessed many attacks over its 900 years of history. In 1306, a parliament was held here by Edward 1 during his Scottish campaign. In 1567 it became a temporary prison for Mary, Queen of Scots, and in 1745 it was a place of incarceration for rebel soldiers loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite Rebellion.

Today the castle is in the safe hands of English Heritage and, given its turbulent history over the centuries, is remarkably well preserved. Explore the dungeons where the famous ‘licking stones' can be seen, visit the keep with its model of Jacobean Carlisle, browse through displays of military weapons, medals and uniforms at the King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum or wander at will among stone-lined passageways and rooms. Guided tours run daily.

The castle can be easily accessed from the city centre via the underpass at Tullie House.

Further information is available on the English Heritage website.