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The Appleby Horse Fair

Staying in Carlisle

The Appleby Horse Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Britain dating back to the reign of James II who in 1685 granted a Royal Charter to the town permitting it to hold a horse fair. Since then it has been a popular annual event for traders and travellers to meet and buy and sell horses and ponies. The event is held over four days on the outskirts of the town on what is known as Fair Hill and the event is celebrated with music, folklore and street entertainment. Here you will witness horses being driven down the flashing lane; traders selling equine wares whilst down in Appleby itself horses can be seen being washed in the River Eden ready for their prospective buyers.

Dating from the time of William the Conqueror’s Doomesday Book, Carlisle was orginally Scottish and it is the only city to be added to England since the Norman Conquest. It’s location, on the strife-torn borders, made Carlisle a target for repeated sieges and capture, and today Carlisle provides memories of its turbulent past and most major characters of Anglo-Scottish history. Famous sights include Carlisle Cathedral dating from 1133, the west walls of Carlisle’s last remaining defences, Carlisle Castle and the historic Market Square.


The Hallmark Hotel Carlisle. There are few hotels in Carlisle that can boast such an enviable position, being situated next to the main railway station and convenient for all of the town’s amenities. Opened over 150 years ago this striking Victorian building is matched with modern, boutique interiors. Facilities include 24 hour room service, restaurant, brasserie, ballroom, lift and all bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with complimentary toileteries, hair dryer, freeview TV, WiFi coverage and tea/coffee maker.


Saturday: Travel to Carlisle where time is available this afternoon for sightseeing before checking into the hotel. Settle into your room and enjoy your evening meal.

Sunday: After a leisurely breakfast we bid farewell to the hotel and travel to Appleby for our visit to the famous fair. Rejoin the coach late afternoon and travel homewards.

*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel
  • 1 nights accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Excursion to Appleby Fair

Single Room Supplement

A single room supplement of £12.00 is applicable on this tour, for more information please call and speak to an advisor.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Queensferry, Deeside Leisure Centre
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)

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