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 (Nov-March) and daily during February half-term.
Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec 2013
Join us at the magnificent Carlisle Castle and take part in a festive trail for all the family.
Free Guided Tour for Members - Carlisle Castle
Wed 11 Dec
Exclusive Staff-led tours for English Heritage Members.
Sat 14 Dec 2013
Discover Carlisle in a different light by taking a tour of this imposing fortress by torchlight.
Prices and opening times
Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria - CA3 8UR
For just £48 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.