Carlisle Castle Access

Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

Security Checks

We’re committed to ensuring that your visits with us are safe. Due to the current national threat levels, we may carry out additional security checks. This could include running bag searches and carrying out body scans with a hand-held detector. 

Please note, we’ll need you to agree to this process in order to visit the site. Thank you for your co-operation

 

Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Handrails
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Wheelchair Loan
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Site Folders
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Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access is limited. The new exhibition and grounds are accessible. However, the shop, Keep, Ramparts and Captain's Tower are not wheelchair accessible.
Disabled Parking
Parking for disabled visitors only is located in the Outer Ward of the castle.
OnSite Transport
No
Stairs
There are several spiral staircases throughout the castle.
Lift Access
No
Seating And Restpoints
There is a small amount of seating in the Warden's Apartments, Inner Ward, Keep and shop.
Pathways Surface And Gradients
There is a central paved walkway through to the Inner Ward and then to the Keep. To access the other sections of the Inner Ward, visitors must cross the cobbles.
Blind / Visually Impaired
Accessible Toilets
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Handrails
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Braille Guides
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Braille Signage
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Torches
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Audio Tours
No
Site Tours
Guided tours (available at peak times at a small extra charge; groups please pre-book).
Areas Of Low Lighting
The cells in the ground floor of the Keep are windowless.
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Vibrating Fire Alarms
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Tour Transcripts
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Film Subtitles
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BSL Tours
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Audio Installation Transcripts
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Induction Loops
Located in the shop.
Learning Difficulties
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Basic Language Audio Tours
No
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use Cutlery
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Bottle / Food Warming
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High Chairs
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Health And Safety
Trip Hazard
All the historic steps within the castle are of differing heights.
Sheer Drop
There is a sharp drop from the castle ramparts, which is guarded by a stone wall.
Steep Slope
There is a dry moat at the front of the castle, which is very steep and visitors are advised not to climb down it.
Beware Of Traffic
The entrance to the castle is for motorists as well as pedestrians. Visitors are asked to take care when entering and leaving the castle.
Uneven Ground
The Inner Ward is cobbled and can be slippery when wet.
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