Unlock 900 years of bloody history at Carlisle's favourite landmark and the scene of many historical episodes in British history.

Founded in 1092, Carlisle Castle was the last English fortress to suffer a siege, and its labyrinths and dungeons hold many reminders of its dark past, including prisoners' carvings and the licking stones which gave life-saving moisture to parched Jacobite prisoners. The keep has a model of the city in 1745 and an exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie who captured it. The castle also houses the Cumbria's Military Museum.

Contact and Getting Here

Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR

01228 591922

Located half a mile from Carlisle railway station, follows signs through city centre.

Opening Hours

9am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Disabled 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. Parking for disabled visitors only is located in the Outer Ward of the castle.

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