Carlisle is the biggest settlement in Cumbria and its administrative centre. Situated close to the border of England and Scotland its Historic Quarter features a castle, cathedral and some excellent museums. Hadrian’s Wall, an important World Heritage Site, is within easy reach of the city.
Preston is situated in the heart of Lancashire and is the county’s administrative centre. It has a population of around 130,000 and is one of the UK’s newest cities.
With a population of more than 260,000, Bolton is the UK’s biggest town. It is situated in Greater Manchester, but is historically part of Lancashire.
Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire and boasts a population of around 45,000. The vibrant city is a destination in itself but also offers a good base for tourists visiting Morecambe and the Lake District. Lancaster Castle dominates the centre and dates back to the 11th century.
Frequently referred to as the ‘Paris of the North’ this elegant holiday resort boasts a diverse range of attractions, great shopping, and a good choice of accommodation options.
Penrith is a historic market town in the Eden Valley, just outside the border of the Lake District National Park and only 6 miles from Ullswater and Pooley Bridge.