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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Roman Fun & Games

  • 23 — 31 May 2015 *on now

This half term tell the kids to leave their ipads at home. Little Roman Soldiers can take part in old fashioned Roman Fun and Games at our historic Roman attraction on Hadrian's Wall. Plus, Roman themed craft activities throughout the day


Adult £5.80 Child £3.40 Concession £5.20 Family £15.00.

How to be a Roman Soldier

  • 23 — 31 May 2015 *on now

Attention! Right you 'orrible, it's training time! Become a first class soldier in May half term as Cumbria's mini soldiers are put through their paces at Carlisle Castle. Carlisle has a long military history so what better place to start your training, with kids' hands on activities.


Adult £6.00 Child £3.60 Concession £5.40 Family £15.60.

Carlisle Castle - English Heritage



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