Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Street






01228 618718


01228 810249

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Tullie House Museum
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Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary art and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.

Close to the border of England and Scotland and the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall and within striking distance of the breathtaking Lade District, Tullie House is a meeting point for history, nature and art in one of Britain’s most fascinating regions and has been inspiring visitors for more than 120 years!

There are four fantastic galleries to explore, which will take you on a journey through the ages from present day right back to the early Romans and beyond. There is plenty to see and do at Tullie House.

Set in beautiful gardens, Old Tullie House is a Grade 1 listed building, and is home to a nationally important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Many features of the 17th century architecture still remain, such as the beautiful Jacobean staircase.
Our archaeological collection features objects from periods as early as the Old Stone Age, through the Roman, Celt, Viking and Middle Ages.
Our large award winning family friendly Garden Restaurant offers a delicious selection of home cooking from scones and cakes to lunches and afternoon teas.
Round off your day with a visit to our shop which is the perfect place to find unique and locally crafted goods and gifts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Daily, all year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

November - March: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
April - June/September - October: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm- 5pm
July - August: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Admission charges

Adults £7
Children 18 years and under FREE.
Concessions £5.00


  • Museums Association

The Border Galleries reveal Carlisle’s exciting history. Amongst others you can see objects from pre-historic and Roman times, complete with a replica section of Hadrian’s wall. View the spectacular Reivers audio visual show; listen to Carlisle’s railway story and marvel at the changing Carlisle skyline in the wildlife gallery.

Also visit our new refurbished gallery 'Carlisle Life'. The exhibitions ethos is to create a sense of place and flavour of Carlisle's recent local history. Also visit the website

The Millennium gallery is transformed into an exciting exhibition ' Freshwater Life', which dives into the world of the special wildlife and habitats of the rivers and lakes in Cumbria. The gallery is transformed to follow the River Eden from source to sea, exploring the changing wildlife along the way such as Salmon, Otters and even the rare fish of the Lake District like the Charr and Vendace.

The gallery also houses a stunning collection of local minerals and rare archaeological finds. Complete with interactive exhibits, including an amazing figure that transforms into skeletal remains before your eyes and a wall that whispers stories!

The Art Gallery and Special Exhibitions Gallery present regularly changing programmes to appeal to all.
The Art Gallery features contemporary arts and crafts.

The Special Exhibitions Gallery draws its themes from our own extensive collections.
For further information on the changing exhibition programme visit our website www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Old Tullie House is a 17th century town house of character, with a fine classical façade, overlooking the Tullie House herb garden. Inside it’s strong architectural features include a jacobean staircase and tiled walls by Craven Dunhill.
The pannelled room showcases key paintings from the Pre-raphaelite period, including works by Rossetti and Burne-Jones. View some of our magnificent porcelain collection and visit our gallery of childhood a popular choice for all ages.

Situated in the heart of the City, the Guildhall has been home to Carlisle’s historic Guilds for over 500 years, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Displays feature Guild items, and special objects. (Open Good Friday to end of October).

Your day would not be complete without a visit to our delightful Garden Restaurant offering teas and speciality coffees, light snacks and lunches, whilst our gift shop is a popular stop with many unique gift ideas and specially commissioned jewellery.

Roman Carlisle began with the building of the first fort, which now underlies much of the area from Tullie House to Carlisle Castle. The presence of the army provided a ready market, stimulating the growth of the town, which eventually became the capital of the tribal area of the Carvetti.

Collection details

Social History, Natural Sciences, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Archaeology
  • Romans
  • Social History
  • Fine Arts
  • Decorative Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pre Raphaelites
  • William Morris
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Matthew Ellis Nutter
  • Sam Bough
  • Art Gallery
  • Museum
  • Brampton Live
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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ARTIST ROOMS: Anselm Kiefer

  • 7 February — 6 July 2015 *on now

Born in Germany in 1945, now living and working in France, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important post-war European artists. Encompassing themes of environment, identity and memory as well as myth, history and literature, Kiefer’s works often address the legacy and identity of Germany and individuals after World War II.

The artists use of natural materials such as lead, rope, ash and sand, bring an emotional and sculptural element to his paintings and photographs. The exhibition features works spanning the past 40 years of Kiefer’s career and presents a remarkable opportunity to see this ARTIST ROOMS group of works in the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries Scotland, which was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008 and acquired with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and Scottish and British Governments.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Anselm Kiefer Night

  • 14 May 2015 7-10pm

This year's Museums at Night offers an alternative way to experience our major ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer exhibition. There will be music from local DJs and a dance performance inspired by Kiefer's work. Try your hand at a range of creative activities including contributing to a large scale mixed media piece and making your own Kiefer-esque self portraits.

Strictly 16 years and older

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


£4.50 (£4 concessions/members) FREE for under 25s
PLease phone 01228 618700 to book or go online to www.tulliehouse.co.uk



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Carlisle Life


The exhibition tour on the Carlisle Life website will give you an overview of what can be seen and the fun activities we offer that allow children to engage with their local history.


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Within this online resource you can explore the various sites within Roman Cumbria and along the Cumbrian section of the Wall.


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Once Upon a Web Site


With Once Upon A Website you can discover mysterious, beautiful or just strange objects from Tullie House Museum that can inspire your own stories of adventure, science fiction, mystery, romance or anything else you’d like to write.


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Open Art


Exclusive online exhibitions from the art collection at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery


  • Ben White


  • Ben White

Tullie House Museum


Tullie House website provides an overview of what the Museum holds within its collections.

World War II Resource Pack

This colourful and informative pack contains information on Carlisle between 1939 and 1945. Thoroughly researched by a local teacher, the pack focuses on the Home Front and how peoples' lives were affected by the war. This exciting resource also contains ideas and activities for teachers. KS2

£6 from Tullie House shop.