History & Heritage

Carlisle CastleIMG_7448

Duration: 2-4 Hours
Cost: £6.40
Opening Times: Everyday (Apr-Oct)/Sat & Sun Only (Nov-Mar)

Carlisle Castle is a magnificent medieval structure that gazes proudly over Carlisle City. Visit and enjoy its long history, views from its keep and the spooky dungeons.


Carlisle Cathedral

Duration: 5 Mins – 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Everyday
Web Address:

Carlisle Cathedral was founded in 1122. It has some breath taking features such as its stain glass windows and beautiful painted ceilings. If you are lucky enough to witness its choir preform or just practice well the acoustics are memorable.

Tullie House Museum3-tullie-house-garden
1 – 4 Hours
Cost: £7.00
Opening Times: Everyday 10am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Mar)
Web Address: http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/

This museum and art gallery which is literally across the road from Carlisle City Hostel has a fantastic permanent exhibition entitled ‘The Roman Frontier: stories beyond Hadrian’s Wall.’ There are Roman artefacts, lots of interesting information and replicas of roman outfits for you to try on and take pictures! There is also a new permanent gallery which explores the deadly world of the Border Reivers and there are also feature galleries which change regularly.


carlisle-guildhall-n6552Guildhall Museum
30 Mins – 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Thursdays only 12pm – 4:30pm (May – 1st Sept 2016)
Web Address: http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/your-visit/guildhall-museum

The Guildhall museum is a Grade 1 Ancient Monument, and one of the four oldest buildings in the City. It houses a museum about the different guilds in Carlisle such as the tanners. A really interesting place if you can catch it when its open.

cumbria-museum-military-life2Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
1 – 2 Hours
Cost: £4.00
Opening Times: Everyday 10am – 5pm
Web Address: http://www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org

Carlisle’s newest visitor attraction, telling the 300-year story of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment and its soldiers past and present. Located in the grounds of Carlisle Castle.


Citadel and West WallsCarlisle Citadel panorama 5

Duration: 30 Min Walk
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: N/A – Citadel Tours possible see Tourist Information
Web Address: http://www.discovercarlisle.co.uk/lifestyle/attractions/citadel.aspx

The west walls date back to the Roman times, but have been rebuilt and strengthen by different leaders over the year. The wall was built to defend and protect the town and Carlisle City hostel is located behind the wall so sleep soundly on your visit.

st cuthbertsSt. Cuthbert’s Church
5 – 30 Min
Cost: FREE
Opening Times: Everyday
Web Address: http://www.stcuthbertscarlisle.org.uk/

Built in 1778, but the foundations date back even before St Cuthbert’s visit to Carlisle in 685. Enjoy its unique moving pulpit and fourteenth century window.