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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


The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is an absolute priority at Carlisle Cathedral.  Safeguarding is God's love in action, and the Chapter and Cathedral community work hard to make the Cathedral a safe and secure place where abuse and mistreatment of others will not be tolerated.  View our policies and find out more about safeguarding here

Latest News

Chamber Philharmonie Cologne in Concert

Sunday 28 July at 6.30pm: An evening of superb live music with the Kammerphilharmonie Koln. After several successful European and overseas tours in 2017 and 2018 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to United Kingdom and Ireland this summer with a powerful and lovely new programme, presenting a concert of classics by Vivaldi, Mozart, C.P.E. Bach, Saint-Saens and Borne this is sure to be a night to remember. Tickets are available from Carlisle Tourist Information at the Old Town Hall.

The Fratry 2019

Our work to bring the Fratry, at the heart of the Cathedral precinct, back to life is well underway.

The newly refurbished building will include a bespoke teaching and learning centre in the medieval Undercroft, with a unique and unforgettable events and cultural space in the Fratry Hall.  Standing alongside, in the footprints of the original cloister, will be a café and meeting space, with spectacular views of the Cathedral.

Keep up-to-date with our plans and our fundraising on the Fratry 2019 page.

Visiting Choirs

The Cathedral Choirs sing at our Evensong services every weekday in term time, and at Sunday services.  During holidays we often welcome visiting choirs to the Cathedral.  Click here to see the calendar of sung services.  Coming soon:

The Lynwood Singers
Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July

Isle of Man Cathedral Lay Clerks and Scholars
Tuesday 23 July to Thursday 25 July

Melbourne Parish Choir, Derbyshire
Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July

Alexander Ffinch Organ Recital

We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned organist Alexander Ffinch will be playing a FREE lunchtime recital at Carlisle Cathedral on Tuesday 30 July.

Alexander was brought up in the Cumbrian village of Newbiggin-on-Lune and will be returning to Cumbria for this one-off recital, playing the Cathedral's magnificent Willis Organ of 1856.

The recital begins at 12.45pm and entry is free, with a retiring collection.

100 Days of Prayer

Join us, from June to September, in 100 Days of Prayer.

There are no rules here - just to pray each day, in your own way and your own time as we join together in '100 Days of Prayer' to seek God's lead for our future vision to continue to grow his Kingdom here in Cumbria.

Find out more here.

Installation of Lay Member of Chapter

The Bishop of Carlisle has appointed Mr Alan James Johnston as a Lay Member of Chapter and Lay Canon

Alan has lived and worked in Carlisle all his life and is currently a non-executive director of the Cumberland Building Society. He is lay chair of the PCC at St James Carlisle and Chair of Governors at Robert Ferguson Primary School.

Alan will be installed at Evensong on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 3pm

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