Local to Bessiestown Guest House

There is so much that you can see and do...


There are only a few guesthouses with Bessiestown’s '5 Star Gold Award accreditation' in the whole of Cumbria. Stay at Bessiestown and transform an overnight stay into a memorable occasion.

Carlisle is an excellent stop off point if you are travelling to or returning from Scotland but there is also much to do and see in and around the historic Great Border City situated on the cross-roads of so many interesting places. It has a large pedestrianised centre which is festooned with floral displays in the summer. It's a good place to shop. All the main stores are to be found in and around The Lanes shopping centre. There is an excellent covered market too.



Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach of Carlisle. You don't have to drive either. Book in advance and you can be quickly in the heart of these cities for less than £20 return. Or why not experience the Carlisle-Settle line.

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Guy Fawkes Night

On Guy Fawkes Night, Carlisle hosts one of the best firework displays in the country. The Christmas illuminations are also well worth a look.

carlisle castle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle has a well preserved 9th century castle which houses a permanent military museum. It is steeped in history. Mary Queen of Scotts was imprisoned there in 1567. It became a permanently occupied garrison from 1820 and was the headquarters of the Border Regiment until 1959.

carlisle cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle's Cathedral , established in 1122 is well worth a visit. Within the Cathedral grounds are various other buildings of interest, including the Deanery, with its 14th Century Prior's Tower which contains a fine painted 16th Century heraldic ceiling.

Tullie House

tullie house

The Award-Winning Museum

Tullie House, traces the turbulent history of the city of Carlisle and the border regions through interactive displays and audio-visual aids. From the Roman invasion, the building of Hadrian's Wall, and the years of the Border Rievers, the museum examines the history, archaeology, and social history of the Carlisle area. The art gallery houses exhibitions of fine and decorative arts, including an extensive Pre-Raphaelite collection, and changing exhibits of contemporary artists from all across the country.

More Attractions around Carlisle

The Lake District


the lake district

Twenty minutes drive south of Carlisle, takes visitors into the North Lakes. Meander through the wonderful Cumbrian countryside to see the Lake District and the Eden Valley. You don't have to stay in the lakes to enjoy them!

houghton hall

Houghton Hall

We also have Houghton Hall Garden Centre and Dobies Garden Centre at Carlisle.

Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse

Visit Carlisle Racecourse for an enjoyable day of flat or National Hunt racing.

carlisle sands centre

Carlisle Sands Centre

The award-winning Sands Centre is Cumbria's premier venue for Arts, Events, Entertainment, Conferences, Exhibitions and Meetings, Health and Fitness and Sport and Recreation.

Hadrians Wall Trail

hadrians wall trail

Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions


Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions, along the Hadrians Wall National Trail and around the beautiful surrounding areas.

Hadrian's Wall is a World Heritage Site and spans the dramatic countryside of Cumbria and Northumbria (about eighty miles) A significant portion of the wall still exists, particularly the mid-section, and for much of its length the wall can be followed on foot by Hadrian's Wall Path or by cycle on National Cycle Route 72. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England, where it is often known simply as the Roman Wall. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. English Heritage, a government organisation in charge of managing the historic environment of England, describes it as "the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain". Guests can drive to Birdoswald Fort and Visitors' Centre in thirty minutes.



gretna green

Gretna Green

Gretna Green your first port of call as you come over the border, this is the gateway to Scotland and England. It is famous for some of the most romantic History of Scotland. The Old Blacksmith's Shop and Centre is the main hub not just for superb Scottish shopping but also as a heritage site for runaway weddings since 1754. The Gretna Story exhibit within the Blacksmith's complex is well worth your time to explore Gretna Green Weddings history and why couples flocked here to get married.

gretna outlet village

The Gretna Outlet Village

While visiting Gretna don't miss the opportunity of visiting The Gretna Outlet Village. With 50 leading brand outlet stores you can always find the quality you trust for much lower prices than you are used to elsewhere.

dumfries and galloway

Dumfries & Galloway

Visit Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast: discover the beautiful coastline and beaches of South-West Scotland, Caerlaverock Castle and wildfowl centre.

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