Carlisle Castle - English Heritage

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Wander the passages of this medieval fortress and discover nine centuries of bloody warfare across the Anglo-Scottish border. Learn about its role in sieges, its history of sieges and its connections with Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. See the elaborate carvings of prisoners in a small cell, and discover the 200-year history of Cumbria's infantry regiment in The Border and King's Own Royal Border Regimental Museum.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

1-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • English Heritage

Additional info

Guided tours (available at peak times at a small extra charge; groups please pre-book).

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People entering a castle doorway with torches

Torchlight Tours

  • 26 — 27 October 2017 6:30-8:30pm

This October half term, take a tour of Carlisle Castle after hours.

Guided by torchlight our team will bring to life some of the creepy, gruesome and surprising tales of the most besieged castle in the country.

Explore the dungeons, discover the intriguing story of the licking stones and hear about the walled up skeletons which were discovered by workmen in the Captain's Tower.

Bring a torch, wrap up warm and stay close by!

The event content is suitable for children over the age of 14 years old.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Member (Adult) £6.00
Member (Child) £3.50
Member (Concession) £4.50
Member (Family) £17.00
Adult £11.00
Child, 5-15 years £6.00
Concession £8.50
Family £27.50

Price is for tour only.

Booking tickets for this event is essential as places are limited. Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm Sat 9am – 5pm). Please note the telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event or 3pm on Friday if the event is on a weekend.


Carlisle Castle - English Heritage



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