Information

By Car

M6 Junction 44
From the roundabout at Junction 44 follow the A7/Kingstown Road for about 2 miles. At the roundabout (Hardwicke Circus which is adjacent to the Civic Centre Tower Block) take the 3rd exit onto A595/Castle Way. Follow Castle Way/A595 staying in the left hand lane, and take the 1st exit which takes you to a junction on East Walls .Turn left, then first right just before theMarket Hall. Continue along the one way system till you see Fisher Street Car Park on the left at an obvious gap in the street architeture Sat Nav - CA3 8RE

M6 Junction 43
Leave the M6 at Junction 43, take the 1st exit A69/Warwick Road. Follow A69/Warwick Road for 2 miles. Turn Right at the traffic lights adjacent to the Church onto Victoria Place. Continue to follow Victoria Place for 0.2 miles. At the traffic lights turn right onto A7/Georgian Way, continue along Georgian Way to the Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Castle Way/A595. Follow Castle Way/A595 staying in the left hand lane, and take the 1st exit which takes you to a junction on East Walls .Turn left, then first right just before the Market Hall. Continue along the one way system till you see Fisher Street Car Park on the left at an obvious gap in the street architeture . Sat Nav - CA3 8RE

Car Parking
The streets surrounding the festival venues have one hour disc zone parking The nearest car park to the venues is Fisher Street car park (CA3 8RE) which is a 5 minute walk from the Hotel and Library and a 2 minute walk from Tullie House and Cakes and Ale. This car park charges £1 an hour. There are several car parks within a few minutes walk of the venues.

Full list of Car Parking locations available here.


By Train

Carlisle can be reached by train from London, Manchester, Newcastle & Glasgow. The station is a 15 minute walk away or a 5/10 minute taxi ride away from the events at the four venues. There is a taxi rank outside the station

If walking, leave the station and bear left heading into Carlisle City Centre, pass B & M Bargain Store and cross at the pedestrian crossing going ahead onto English Street, you will pass Marks and Spencer,Top Shop and The Entertainer on your left.

  • The Crown and Mitre Hotel entrance is just before the Newcastle Building Society on English Street.
  • Tullie House is a further 5 minute walk on Castle Street,past the Cathedral in the direction of the Castle
  • Cakes and Ale is on the same route as Tullie House, on the right hand side of Castle Street, just before the entrance to Tullie House.
  • The Library may be accessed via the main entrance to The Lanes shopping area which is on the right hand side of English Street (near Primark)

By Bus

Leave the station turning right onto Lonsdale Street, cross at the pedestrian crossing and continue up Bank Street, turn right onto English Street. Directions as for train travel

Alternatively, you can plan your journey by car or public transport using www.transportdirect.info; simply enter your postcode and the postcodes of our different venues


Accessibility of Venues

The streets surrounding the venues are main routes into/out of the city centre and are relatively level and in good condition. Apart from the street leading from the train station to the town centre, and the street that Tullie House Museum is located on, all the streets are pedestrianised.

  • The Crown and Mitre Hotel Ballroom is accessible with ramped access and adapted toilets. There is also a hearing loop.
  • Tullie House Museum Lecture Theatre is fully accessible with automatic doors, adapted toilets and hearing loop.
  • Carlisle Library is fully accessible via an escalator or lift, has adapted toilets, but no hearing loop
  • Cakes and Ale Café is fully accessible via Long Lane entrance, has adapted toilets, but no hearing loop

We have space for wheelchairs at all our events. If you are a wheelchair user or a friend, family member or carer of a wheelchair user, please advise us in advance of your visit so that we can ensure help is on hand when you arrive. Contact 07412 366152

Guide and Assistance dogs are very welcome. Please advise us in advance if you are bringing one with you.


Venue Locations

Cakes and Ale Cafe
17 - 19 Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8SY
01228 544560
www.bookscumbria.com

Carlisle Cathedral
7 Abbey Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TZ
01228 548151
www.carlislecathedral.org.uk

Carlisle Cathedral (The Prior's Room)
7 Abbey Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TZ
01228 548151
www.carlislecathedral.org.uk

Carlisle Cathedral (The Fratry)
7 Abbey Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TZ
01228 548151
www.carlislecathedral.org.uk

Carlisle Library
11 Globe Lane, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8NX
01228 227321
www.cumbria.gov.uk

Crown and Mitre Hotel
4 English Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8HZ
01228 525491
www.peelhotels.co.uk

Tullie House
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
01228 618718
www.tulliehouse.co.uk


Borderlines Book Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise.
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