Carlisle Portsmouth Train
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Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria and its compact city centre is largely pedestrianised and The Lanes shopping centre is home to around 75 stores. Carlisle's historic centre has a castle, museum, cathedral and semi-intact city walls. The former law courts or citadel towers which now serve as offices for Cumbria County Council were designed by Thomas Telford. The first Citadel building was a Tudor fortification replacing the medieval Englishgate, designed by the Moravian military engineer Stefan von Haschenperg in 1541.
The city has a nickname of the "Great Border City" due to its proximity with the English border with Scotland and is the county town of Cumbria in the north west of England. The city's fortunes were transformed during the Industrial Revolution where milling became an important industry in the town. The city is also home to the University of Cumbria where it has four campuses in the city.
Carlisle is a principal railway station on the West Coast Main Line and is also on other lines that go to Newcastle along the Tyne Valley Line, Leeds along the Settle and Carlisle Line, Glasgow Central via Dumfries along the Glasgow South Western Line which connects Ayr and Stranraer for the Stena Line ferry to Port of Belfast or P&O Ferries to Larne Harbour, and west Cumbria along the Cumbrian Coast Line to Whitehaven, Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster.
Portsmouth is a city located in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Visitors to the city are spoilt with things to do and places to see. For those interested in naval history the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a must. The Dockyard has 800 years of naval history and is the oldest dry dock in the world, as well as being the home for two-thirds of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Alternatively, get a birds-eye view of the city and ascend the Spinnaker Tower or find out more about the historic landings at the D-Day Museum. Portsmouth's location makes it an ideal base for exploring the rest of Hampshire and the south of England. Discover the region's fascinating villages, towns, cities, waterfront and rolling countryside. Gosport is just on the other side of Portsmouth Harbour and can be reached by a four minute ferry ride. Gosport has a lovely combination of waterfront activities and peaceful countryside which visitors enjoy. Whilst there go onboard a Royal Navy Submarine, HMS Alliance, or go back in time and go aboard the first Royal Submarine, Holland 1. You can also follow the Waterfront Trail which is a 3km walk that links the town’s main attractions while gazing at the yachts gliding in and out of the marina.