Things to do in Carlisle

Welcome to Carlisle. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cumbrian landscape, this historic northern Border City provides a gateway into neighbouring Scotland from England whilst also being situated close to the Lake District. 

Known for its history and the famous Carlisle Castle, near to the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall, this is also a great horseracing city; a sport that has been established in the area since 1904. Racing takes place all year round with both Jumps and Flats run over the course. The most famous meeting is the Carlisle Bell and Plate in June which was established in 1763 and is still well attended by racing fans and locals alike. 

The course has also provided a good training arena for National Hunt champions, including the infamous Red Rum who won at Carlisle Racecourse before going on to take his third Grand National at Aintree in 1977. 

Carlisle Racecourse is a great family spectator sport and children 17 and under can enter for free when accompanied by a paying adult. To appeal to the little ones, there are themed racedays including Easter Saturday and October which include children’s activities such as face painting, arts and crafts and fancy dress. 

Those who enjoy a more social occasion can attend #AmazingMonday which takes place on the first Monday in August; a Scottish bank holiday. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their finery and have a great evening out with best friends or family. With live music, entertainment, fabulous Flat racing and an outdoor Champagne bar, this is the perfect way to soak up the evening sun.

See what's on at Carlisle Racecourse

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