Carlisle Castle - English Heritage

View of canon at Carlisle Castle with sunset in background
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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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Torchlight Tours

  • 27 — 28 October 2016 6:30-8pm

This October half-term, take a tour of Carlisle Castle after hours. 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, licking stones and hear about the walled up skeletons, discovered by workmen in the Captain's Tower in 1819.

The event content is suitable for children over the age of 14 years old. Please bring a torch and wrap up warmly.

There will be hot drinks available as part of the ticket price.

Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17


Member (Adult) 5.00
Member (Child) 2.50
Member (Concession) 3.50
Member (Family) 15.00
Adult 10.00
Child, 5-15 years 5.00
Concession 7.50
Family 25.00

Purchase your ticket by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Spaces are limited on each night, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Carlisle Castle - English Heritage



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01228 591922

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