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Carlisle Castle

CARLISLE, Cumbria, CA3 8UR

A visit to Carlisle Castle is a great day out for all the family. Kids will enjoy exploring the ramparts. Several rooms in the gatehouse are decorated in medieval style, while you can explore the warren of chambers inside the castle. Carlisle's location, so close to the Scottish border, ensured its importance in history. The first castle overlooking the River Eden was nothing more than a triangular area of land encircled by a wooden fence. William Rufus, the son of William the Conqueror, built it in 1092. When he was killed in a hunting accident in the New Forest, his brother Henry ordered that a castle and walls should be built to protect the town. However, despite the new fortifications, the castle fell to the Scots 14 years later. It was held by David I and Malcolm IV, kings of Scotland, from 1136 until 1157, and was taken back into English hands by Henry II. Another Scottish king, William the Lion, besieged the castle from 1173 to 1174. Other highlights in the castle's history include the distinctive rounded battlements - added much later by Henry VIII. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here, and the castle was captured by 'Bonnie' Prince Charlie in 1745. You can also find the Museum of the Border Regiment here.

Further information

Tel: 01228 591922

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English Heritage


£6.40 (ch 5-15 £3.80, concessions £5.80). Family (2ad+3ch) £16.60. Joint ticket £9.20 (ch 5-15 £5.15, concessions £7.80). Family £23.40. Members free. Prices valid until Mar 2017

Opening times

Castle open Apr-Sep, daily 10-5
Oct-12 Feb & 25 Feb-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4
13-24 Feb, daily 10-4. Museum open Apr-Oct, daily 10-5
Nov-12 Feb, Sat-Thu 10-5
13-24 Feb, daily 10-4
25 Feb-Mar, Sat-Thu 10-4. Closed 24-26 & 31 Dec, 1 Jan
Average visit 1.5hrs




Dogs not allowed in the new exhibition or Military Museum

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. Wheelchair access is limited to the exhibition and grounds - shop, Keep, Ramparts & Captain's Tower are via spiral staircases
On site disabled parking, induction loops, handrails

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North side of city centre, close to station

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