Dining in the lakelands: Carlisle restaurants. The great border city of Carlisle boasts numerous restaurants, as well as lots of other attractions that make it one of Cumbria's top tourist destinations. Mary Queen of Scots was once held captive in Carlisle’s mighty castle, which dates all the way back to the eleventh century, and there's also an imposing Gothic cathedral notable for the beauty of its stained glass windows. When you’re done sight-sitting within the city limits, work up an appetite with long strolls along Hadrian's Wall and through the stunning Lake District scenery. The town plays host to an annual food fair, and you won't have to look far to find AA Rosette winners and Good Food Guide recommendations among Quandoo's list of Carlisle restaurants.