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Carlisle Cathedral

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

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
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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.

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

01228 548151



Click here to visit Carlisle Cathedral's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Carlisle Cathedral has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Carlisle Cathedral is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, Carlisle Cathedral have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

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

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