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Welcome to Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral is one of the jewels of North West England and, after standing on the border with Scotland for almost 900 years, it has a lively story to tell. It may not be the best known medieval Cathedral in England, it is certainly not the biggest, but it delights its many visitors.

Worship is offered here every day of the year, with sung Evensong in term time every day except Saturday. Visitors of all traditions and faiths are always welcome to join the congregation at these services. We hope you will come to visit us and enjoy the beauty of the Cathedral and its precinct. There are fascinating stories of faith, hope and love to discover here.

Mark Boyling - Dean of Carlisle

Today at the Cathedral

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Palm Sunday & Procession of Palms, 14 April

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year will join with congregations from city churches for the Procession of Palms from St Cuthbert's Church to the Cathedral. Starts at 10,30am - all are welcome to join us.

Maundy Thursday, 18 April

Holy Week is a very special time to visit the Cathedral, with daily services and music sung by the Cathedral choirs. On Maundy Thursday there are two unique services and the day culminates with the dramatic Watch of the Passion.

Good Friday, 19 April

Join us on Good Friday for reflection and commemoration; with a family activity session to start the day, music from the Cathedral choirs and late-night prayer, this is one of the Cathedral's most important and unforgettable dates.

Easter Weekend, 20-21 April

Celebrate Easter at Carlisle Cathedral this year. Saturday's candlelit Easter Eve vigil is a truly soul-soothing experience, followed by the light and exuberation of our Easter Sunday services.

Take our Treasure Trail this Spring!

Discover some of the Cathedral's hidden treasures this half-term! Can you find the sleeping bishop? Or the silver penny? All explorers receive a prize for finishing the trail so come in and get hunting for the clues! Available 10am to 4pm daily. Free.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop may be small but it's packed with great gifts for everyone... from exclusive Cathedral items to books, homeware, jewellery, CDs and more, plus a range of locally-made products too; make sure you pop in for a browse. Open 10am to 4pm Mon-Sat.

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