Carlisle Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Carlisle Castle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4-12
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Currently Closed

Some English Heritage gardens and historic sites have begun a phased reopening following the Coronavirus pandemic, allowing families to visit in line with the latest government guidelines. Visits MUST be booked in advance for a specific time slot to help manage visitor numbers. For more information about which locations are open, and to book tickets, please visit the English Heritage website.

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Attraction Information

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best-loved landmarks.

With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. And kids are well catered for with stories of daring rescues, thrilling battles and warring clans on their journey around the castle, brought to life a little more with games, dressing up and interactive exhibits.

Kids will love the doll's house style model of the keep, plus the chance to put their learning to the test and match the projectiles to the weapons that fire them! It's worst noting that Cumbria's Museum of Military Life isn't run by English Heritage and so is not included in the Castle's admission.

Picnicking is welcome in the Outer Ward, there are also vending machines and the chance to buy coffees and ice creams, plus loos and baby changing facilities.

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Opening hours

25th March through 30th September

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 (close 10:00 bank holidays)

1 October through 12 February 2017

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Adults: £6.40

Children: £3.80

Concessions: £5.80

Family: £16.60

Travel & Contact Information


, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR, England

Phone number

01228 514880



Click here to visit Carlisle Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Carlisle Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Carlisle Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Carlisle Castle have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Carlisle Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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