Carlisle Castle

  • Family at Carlisle
  • Unlock the secrets of the Castle
Great family days out Carlisle Castle Unlock the secrets of the Castle

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history.

Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best-loved landmarks.

With a exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out.

Carlisle Castle is open weekends at the moment. From 1 April our doors will open daily until 30 September.

Don't Miss

  • Our Easter Adventure Quest, 18 - 21 April
  • The mysterious medieval carvings
  • The ghastly dungeons
  • The Captain's Tower
  • The Warden's Apartments in the outer gatehouse, with replica furnishings
  • Our interactive exhibition

Events At Carlisle Castle

  • Easter Adventure Quest

    Good Fri 18 - Easter Mon 21 Apr 2014

    Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Carlisle Castle. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

Prices and opening times


Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria - CA3 8UR (Directions)


For just £39 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.

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