Carlisle Cathedral | Day Out With The Kids

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle, Cumbria, England

  • Outside view of Carlisle Cathedral
  • Kids at Carlisle Cathedral
  • Outside view of Carlisle Cathedral

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor

Carlisle Cathedral is a small but beautiful 900-year-old building, full of history, stained glass and... spy tours!

Begin by taking a peek at the stained glass windows, as well as a ceiling full of stars! The open community feel means that people from any faith, or even no faith, can enjoy the splendour of their surroundings - kids in particular can marvel at how something like this was ever made by human hands.

There are information boards, and an archaeology exhibit and Treasury Collection. For families though spy tours in and outside of the Cathedral are the highlight, with an activity trail and all sorts of secret discoveries. Super spies who complete the mission will get a sticker and prize with help from the friendly volunteers - just make sure to call ahead to avoid disappointment.

  • Beautiful 900-year-old Cathedral
  • Exhibits and stained glass
  • Spy tours for families


  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


The Abbey, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TZ, England


Click here to visit Carlisle Cathedral's website
01228 548151

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Opening hours

Usually open daily 7.30am to 6.15pm Monday to Saturday. 7.30am to 5pm on Sunday. Check ahead for seasonal special events and closures, details through the link.


Free to visit but donations gratefully received.

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