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Visit the cosy Cumbrian village of Longtown

Situated Near Carlisle, on the border between England and Scotland, the village of Longtown is best known as the home of the biggest sheep market in England. Sitting on the banks of the River Esk, it's a great starting point for a long walk along the waterfront, while the village itself is home to historical buildings like Netherby Hall and the 18th-century St Andrew's Church.

Step over the border to Scotland

While you're in Longtown, why not step over to Scotland? Thanks to its location on the border between the two countries, Longtown is close to plenty of Scottish towns, including Gretna Green. Famous for runaway weddings,you can learn all about its romantic history at the Gretna Green Story Exhibition and leave a love lock on the famous 'Love' wall. Brought the kids along? Make your way through the Courtship Maze, shaped like a pair of interlocking wedding rings.

Explore Cumbria's cultural capital

Catch the bus from Longtown and you'll be in the centre of Carlisle within 20 minutes. Visit the medieval Carlisle Castle to learn all about the city's history of border defense, then head to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery to get to grips with its cultural heritage. As Cumbria's centre for shopping, it's a great place to hit the high street, too.

Planning a trip to Longtown? Travelodge Carlisle Todhills Hotel is ten minutes away on the outskirts of the city, while Travelodge Carlisle Central Hotel places you just a few minutes' walk from the castle.