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

Festive Activities

Christmas ‘Stained Glass’ Decorations

Monday 20th December, 10:00 & 13:00-14:00, £5 per table. Book hereInspired by our Stained Glass windows make your own window and tree decorations with colourful tissue paper.

Christmas Felting

Tuesday 21st December, 14:00-15:30, Tickets cost £10 for 1 adult and 1 child or 2 children accompanied by an adult. Book hereLearn a new skill in this festive activity to create your own handmade 2D needle felted Christmas tree decoration.

Festive Biscuit Decorating

Wednesday 22nd December, 13:00-14:15 & 15:00-15:45, £5 per table. Book here. Join us to decorate festive homemade tasty shortbread biscuits.

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