Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle and Cumbria's Museum of Military Life are now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

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We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click the button below. Your ticket also includes entry to Cumbria's Museum of Military Life.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Castle - The Captain's Tower, inner and outer ward and 2 floors of the Keep castle will be open. There will be some restricted access to other arts of the castle including the De'Ireby tower. The militia store exhibition will be closed. 
  • Cumbria's Museum of Military Life - The main exhibition will be open as usual.
  • Café - The museum café will serve take away refreshments.
  • Shop - The shop will be open.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Carlisle Castle's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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Commemorating Victory over Japan Day

On Saturday 15 August, Cumbria's Museum of Military Life will be marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at Carlisle Castle, the former depot of the Border Regiment. Members of the Military Vehicle Trust will be bringing a variety of WW2 vehicles, including a Bren carrier and Dodge Ambulance, for people to view. John Sadler, a re-enactor from the North East, will be showcasing objects from the Burma campaign, and two local reservist soldiers from C (Kohima) Company based in Workington will be on hand to chat to visitors about the modern-day army.

The Museum has also curated a temporary external display which will be on view until 31st August. Using photographs from the collections, and words from those who served in the ‘Forgotten Army,’ the display gives an insight into the Burma campaign. The display has been supported by Bandoola Productions, whose CEO is the son of Major DS Sole who fought in Burma with the 2nd Battalion.

Photo: The 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment in Rangoon in 1945.

Cumbria's Museum of Military life

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 Timeline

72Roman City

A large Roman fort is established on the site of the later castle. This becomes the nucleus for a prosperous town called Luguvalium, occupied by the Romans until the end of the 4th century

1092First Castle

William II advances north and defeats local warlord Dolfin. William takes Carlisle, makes the town a borough and builds the first castle on part of the Roman site.

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