Carlisle Cathedral has a ring of 13 bells (tenor 21cwt) in the key of E flat. Ten bells were cast and hung in a new frame in 1999 and three treble bells (including a sharp second) were added between 2000 and 2005. Five of the original ring of eight bells are also preserved in the belfry including Maria who was cast in 1401 and had served the church community for six hundred years.

Bells 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and12 (maintaining social distance) have been rung at Friday evening practices and for Sunday morning services since the restrictions were eased in May. From 19 July the bells will be rung as normal for practices and services but only by members of the band. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome visitors at the moment but will do so when local and national infection rates are considered safe to do so.


Fridays from 7.30pm to 9pm
All visiting ringers (and non-ringers) are very welcome but should first contact Anne East on 01228 513633 to ensure that ringing is taking place and we can accommodate you safely in the tower. Meet at the south door at 7.15pm. The door will be locked shortly afterwards and visitors arriving after that time will not be able to join the practice.

Sundays 9.30am to 10.30am
All visiting ringers are very welcome. Non-ringing visitors should first contact Anne East on 01228 513633 to ensure that we can accommodate you safely in the tower. Meet at the crossing inside the Cathedral at 9.20am

The ringers are pleased to welcome anyone who would like to learn how to ring or is just interested in the history of bells and bellringing. There are six experienced teachers of ringing available. The tower also has a simulator which allows bell handling to be taught without disturbing the surrounding community. Individual teaching lessons can be offered on most days.

Carlisle Cathedral

Visit the Bells

The route to the ringing room includes both a climb of 117 steps and a walk along the entire length of the Cathedral clerestory. There is a platform above the bells in the belfry (a further 20 steps) which allows them to be viewed in safety.


Take a tour of the Cathedral as you have never seen it before. Later this year we are introducing regular tours at height, including a chance to visit the Bell Tower and ringing room. Before then we have two Bell Tower Open Days where you can experience this for HALF-PRICE. Visitors will climb the steps to the tower, discover some of the history of the Cathedral and its bells and see the bell-ringers in action. On the way you will have magnificent views of the medieval glass in the Eastern window, the Ewan Christian starlight ceiling and the Father Willis organ.

This year’s Open Days are:
Saturday 4 June and Saturday 23 July.
Tours last about 45 minutes. There are six tours each day, starting at 11:00. Places are limited so booking in advance is advised.


Special Half-Price offer for Open Days: Adults £5 / 8 to 16 years FREE
Note that children must be at least 8 years of age and be accompanied by an adult.
There are 137 steps to climb to the bell chamber and the route includes some confined spaces.

For the history of OUR BELLS, CLICK HERE

For more information on bell ringing at Carlisle Cathedral, email Anne East (01228 513633)