Carlisle is the only city in the county. In fact, it is a few miles shy of the Scottish border and has a good helping of history and culture.
Tullie House Museum is vital for its pre-Raphaelite art, Roman finds and natural history exhibits, all in a stunning old mansion.
The city’s cathedral is the second smallest in the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time.
It was actually adapted from a monastic church and has a breathtaking Gothic east window and choir stalls carved in the 1400s.
Carlisle was originally the largest settlement on Hadrian’s Wall, so you can pick up the course of this great frontier here.