With Fresher’s Week, Christmas and the New Year out the way, student budgets can get a little tight come the spring. This doesn’t mean you have to spend the next five months in hibernation however. Carlisle is one student city that has tons of stuff to do and to see, and most attractions don’t charge you a penny. Explore the city you’re studying in by checking out these fun and free attractions in the area.
The city of Carlisle is filled with stunning architecture, but the jewel in the crown has to be the cathedral. Carlisle Cathedral is almost 900 years old, and with such a long history under its belt, it has an exciting story to tell. Entry is free, meaning you can enjoy this truly magnificent building from the inside and out without spending a penny.
As a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Hadrian’s Wall is certainly a sight to behold. This majestic example of workmanship dates back to 122 AD and took just six years to build thanks to the hard work of some 15,000 men. It sprawls from coast to coast, so there’s plenty to explore. Milecastles, barracks, forts, bath houses, museums and galleries can be found all along its 80-mile route, as well as a diverse and truly beautiful landscape.
Watchtree Nature Reserve
With the weather getting warmer there’s no excuse not to enjoy Carlisle’s many natural wonders. Watchtree Nature Reserve offers stunning scenery from season to season, and plenty of things to do. There’s miles of tracks and trails to explore, meaning you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax. The stunning woodland and wide open spaces are home to an array of wildlife, with a number of mammals, amphibians, birds, insects and plants calling Watchtree their home.
Talkin Tarn Country Park
Based nine miles outside of Carlisle, Talkin Tarn Country Park offers 65 acres of beautiful countryside to explore. In addition to enjoying relaxing lakeside walks and trails through mature woodland, you can sail, windsurf, canoe, row and fish here.
Bewcastle Cross & Museum
Discover the ancient history of Bewcastle in nearby North Cumbria. This village may be isolated but it has tons of heritage to explore. The village was a Roman out post for over 200 years. The fort and castle are remnants of this era, whilst the famous Bewcastle Cross is considered to be the finest Anglican Cross in the whole of Europe.