The City of Carlisle is the largest settlement with approximately 68% of the population. The remaining area is rural, with a number of smaller market towns and large villages spread across the district, including Brampton, Dalston, Longtown and Wetheral.
Across the district, there are a wealth of assets making Carlisle a great place to live, work and visit. Carlisle draws natural strength from its location, with heritage and environmental sites of national and international importance and good connections to the country’s infrastructure. Carlisle has the greatest concentration of businesses and opportunities for future development in Cumbria. The city has built on its established economic importance and encouraged the development of food processing, engineering and logistics sectors.
Carlisle is set within some of the country’s most spectacular natural scenery and the city is the final stop for three of the country’s scenic railway lines.Landmark buildings and heritage sites such as Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral, Lanercost Priory and Hadrian’s Wall attract visitors from around the world