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

Summer Holiday

Felting – Wednesday 4th AugustThursday 12th August, 10:30-12:00 & 13:30-15:00

In this artist facilitated felting session you will make your own felt bookmark inspired by our stained glass windows.  This activity is suitable for beginners children over the age of 7 years old. £10 per participant


Stained Glass Windows – Friday 6th August, 10:00-10:45, 11:45-12:30 & 14:00-14:45

Inspired by our stunning Stained Glass windows in the Cathedral design and create your own Stained Glass from colourful tissue paper. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities. £4 per table


Watercolour in the Precinct- Tuesday 10th AugustThursday 26th August, 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00 & 14:00-15:00

This self-led activity allows you to hire a watercolour pack with all the materials you need to create your own watercolour artwork either in the Undercroft or sat outside in the precinct. £5 per pack


Mosaics- Friday 20th August, 11:00-12:00 & 14:00-15:00

Design and make your own mosaic tiles. £5-£10


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