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.

“Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”


Fridays from 7.20pm to 9.00pm
All visitors (including non-ringers) are very welcome. Meet at the south door at 7.20pm. The door will be locked at 7.40pm and visitors arriving after that time will not be able to join the practice.

Sundays 9.30am to 10.30am
All visitors (including non-ringers) are very welcome. 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 bell-ringing. There are four 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.


Bell-tower Open Days give visitors the chance to climb the steps to the tower and see the bell-ringers in action. When the tower is not accessible the bell-ringers provide a set of ‘minibells’ (pictured).

Open Days for 2020:
Saturday, 23 May
Saturday, 18 July
Saturday, 12 or 19 September (Heritage Open Days to be confirmed).

For the history of OUR BELLS, click here

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