Bookcase in Carlisle now has a cafe called ‘Cakes and Ale’. This means you can stay in the bookshop with something to eat and drink while you look over your purchases or consider your potential purchases before deciding. It’s a very civilised addition to a cornerstone of civilisation in the North West of England. Magnificent!
There is a gallery of this cavernous bookshop in a previous post.
If you’re visiting Carlisle, then you can also buy secondhand books from the equally excellent, only much smaller Oxfam Bookshop. You might even bump into my good self!
There’s a Discover Carlisle site for anyone interested in non-book attractions, such as places to stay, and most importantly, pubs!