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“Fascinating museum”
Review of Tullie House

Tullie House
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Carlisle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Newtown Square, PA
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

The museum is a mixture of exhibits--from early Roman times to the present. But it is tasteful and a great way to spend an afternoon (or more).

Visited September 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Tullie House, Carlisle”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

On a very wet and windy day we visited the Museum. The car park is very central - in front of the castle, and reasonably priced. The museum is over the road from the castle via a bridge. There's a lift to take you up. Walking through the subway we were impressed by the glass tiles of the lower ground floor containing the Roman exhibition. The subway is a work of art in itself. Museum staff were all very polite and friendly. As pensioners £5 per head seemed reasonable. Adults are charged £7 and children under 18 have free admittance. We are now entitled to visit the museum any time during the next 12 months for £1. We loved the Roman gallery and found the Reivers display really interesting. I really liked the set up, with one display leading to another. There are four galleries in all from Romans to present day. It's very hands on and lots of activities for children. The wildlife dome has displays of local wildlife. A lion and unicorn structure come to life and battle every half hour. We spent 3 hours there and didn't get time to see the art gallery or Old Tullie House - a Jacobean building, but will definitely go again. It's ideal for families and all ages would find something of interest. The museum is fully accessible - auromatic doors, toilets, baby changing. There's a shop and restaurant. A great day out - especially in bad weather!

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Very disappointed. As someone who visited the museum often as a child I expected there would be lots to see. I remember costumes, a military section, so many birds, animals, insects etc. lots of artwork. When I asked where these things are now I was told they are all locked away and many of the rooms I remember are now not accessible to the public. The old museum had character and charm, the new one left me cold.

Visited October 2013
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great Little Museum”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Modern and well laid out museum. Very child friendly, lots of things to do. We only had an hour before it closed at 5pm and didn't have time to see everything. Great place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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New Romney, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
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“One of the best local museums”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

A well presented museum particularly informative on the border reivers and (inevitably) on the romans on Hadrian's Wall. The roman collection is diverse and the interpretation of the items with modern display methods keeps the interest and attention. There is also a good collection of art (strong on the 19th century) in the old Tullie House and an airy and relaxed cafe. When I visited, there was a temporary art exhibition (on Pre Raphaelite artist George Howard Earl of Carlisle) which would not have looked out of place in a major public gallery in London such as the Tate.

Visited October 2013
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