Carlisle Cathedral is a place of discovery, learning and fun for all the family. Visit the Cathedral for free and pick up a free children’s trail to discover more about the Cathedral. Our precinct offers green spaces to relax and walk around and our new Café offers indoor and outdoor seating.

What’s On: Keep updated about activities and events throughout the year by checking this page.

Carlisle Cathedral

Half term

Tuesday 31st May- Stained Glass Celebrations Book here

Inspired by our stunning stained glass windows and the celebration of the Jubilee create your own celebratory Stained Glass window from colourful tissue paper. Tickets cost £2.50. Sessions last up to 1 hour and start at 10 am or 1 pm.

Wednesday 1st June- Painting Book here

Throughout British history, the Royal family have celebrated Jubilees and important milestones with paintings. Taking inspiration from the Jubilee or your own personal celebrations, you will paint your own canvas in this fun and creative activity. Tickets cost £4.

Thursday 2nd June- Crown Coasters Book here

Commemorative souvenirs have been popular in celebrating royal events, like Jubilees for the last three hundred years in Britain. Create your own souvenir to celebrate the jubilee by designing your own crown coaster. Tickets cost £2.

Fun at home 

Enjoy learning about the Cathedral at home with our free downloadable family resources. Discover our colourful Stained Glass Windows booklet (PDF)  ,explore our weird and wonderful  Misericords booklet (PDF) or try our Cathedral Word Search (PDF / Word)

Downloadable Colouring Sheets

Carlisle CathedralEast Window, Starry Ceiling

Tag us in your creations via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CarlisleCathedral


We want visiting Carlisle Cathedral to be an enjoyable experience for all.

Preparing to visit

Our visual story is free to download and aims to help prepare families planning on visiting the Cathedral. Download the Visual Story.

The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible including a wheelchair lift to the Treasury exhibition.

There is no parking at Carlisle Cathedral, so please plan ahead, pay and display car parks are located nearby. If you visit by public transport we are a 10-minute walk from the train station and a 6-minute walk from the central bus station.

Visiting the Cathedral

Entry to the Cathedral is free and you can re-enter as many times as you like throughout a visit.

Toilets, including an accessible toilet, are located in our Cathedral Café.

We have a limited number of ear defenders available for children, if you would like to borrow some for your visit around the Cathedral please ask at the Welcome Centre (shop).

Please check the What’s On calendar to find out about events and services happening on the day.

Carlisle Cathedral