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.

Welcome to Carlisle Castle

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.
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Guidebook: Carlisle Castle

Price: £4.00

 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.

Find out more about the history of Carlisle Castle

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