Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral
4.5
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Monday
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
7:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover 900 years of faith and history the heart of Carlisle at one of The Border City's most visited attractions. Discover rare treasures, medieval paintings, stained glass and stunning architecture... Discover the turbulent story of the Borderlands - of kings, queens, bishops and rebels... Discover worship and music beneath our heavenly starlight ceiling... Discover peace and tranquility in the city centre... Discover more... Treasury exhibition, Gift Shop, expert Guides and Welcomers, and a treasure trail for young explorers. Free entry. Open daily.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Roy R
Lincoln, UK219 contributions
Fantastic visit
Apr 2021 • Couples
Nice visit the staff are very knowledgeable friendly and helpful
Lots to look at and all free just make a donation please.
Written 19 May 2021
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cghlg2018
Cumbria, UK9 contributions
Lunch
Dec 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited the cafe today for lunch. The new building is so light and airy with lots of room and the food was great - well presented and tasty.
Written 12 December 2020
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Hillyrose
Annan, UK3 contributions
Bravo!
Oct 2020 • Friends
I know the Cathedral fairly well but visited the new cafe yesterday for lunch. It was a fantastic visit. Great design and ambience, friendly, helpful staff and the best steak pie I can remember! In better weather, the outside seating looked tempting as well. Bravo to all involved!
Written 25 October 2020
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Jim G
London, UK6 contributions
Visit the border!
Oct 2020 • Friends
A great cathedral, with a lot of history, border regiment history, well worth a visit, then try the castle and hadrians wall, lots to see and do !
Written 24 October 2020
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ROSANNA M
Inverness, UK220 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2020
First visit to the Cathedral after several visits to Carlisle and well worth it . A number of interesting things to see but the highlight for me was the stunning ceiling which dates from 1853-1856 and was last painted in 1970 but looks as fresh as if it was done yesterday. The designer took inspiration from the likes of the Alhambra and it’s fabulous. Lovely helpful staff, no entrance fee but donations requested and it well merits this. They suggest £3 but I’d happily give more.
Written 30 September 2020
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Mrsmack182
Inverness, UK61 contributions
Wow worth visiting to see the ceiling
Sep 2020
A really interesting place to spend an hour- stunning painted ceiling and some nice stained glass. Free entry but a donation is expected and justified.
Written 30 September 2020
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Blonde Scottish Piper
40 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2020 • Friends
This time we didn't go into the Cathedral, but went into new cafe. Lovely food at a reasonable price. Seating inside and out. Friendly staff who were very helpful. Taking covid seriously, but it didn't wreck our visit.
Written 29 September 2020
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Ross
Durham, UK90 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2020 • Couples
Our first visit. We are regulars at Durham. Carlisle is smaller, but more beautiful, sorry Durham 😁 A great balance of religious, historical and architectural information is presented to the visitor. The choir ceiling is a thing to behold.
Written 26 September 2020
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NB1957
645 contributions
The ceiling..........
Sep 2020
A very friendly and informative welcome on arrival was a great start to my visit and what to me appears to be a rather austere (for a cathedral) exterior doesn't prepare you for the interior of the cathedral. The ceiling is absolutely incredible, I just couldn't help but keep looking up at it, the most amazingly radiant colours. There is of course much more to see especially the east window dating back to the 14th century. I have been to Carlisle many times over about 40 years but this was the first time I had visited the cathedral. Now I know what I had been missing.
Written 24 September 2020
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,745 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2020
I read somewhere that the cathedral was closed, so we were pleasantly surprised to find it open after all. Yes, some parts can be seen but not accessed, and there's a one way system in place, but it all worked fine.

And It's well worth a look too - that ceiling is simply stunning.
Written 19 September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral is open:
  • Mon - Fri 07:45 - 18:15
  • Sat - Sun 07:45 - 17:00


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