Visitor Information

We are delighted to say that the cathedral is open to individuals for peace and quiet and prayer where you will find candles to light , space to reflect and literature to comfort. Whether you are of this faith, another faith or no faith at all, we would be delighted if you chose our building as an oasis in a noisy world. Please check our opening times on our homepage.

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” 

Entry to the Cathedral is free…

But, we rely on the financial support of our visitors and congregations. Please support us if you can; we suggest a donation of £3 per adult visitor, but please give whatever you can : every donation is important to us as it helps us maintain our work in the community and keep the doors of this magnificent building open for this generation and those to come.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please remember that using a Gift Aid envelope will increase your donation at no extra cost.

Whatever you give, we thank you for your support.

Please note that for some events and exhibitions there may be an entrance fee. This will be noted on the online calendar where relevant.

Carlisle Cathedral


Wheelchair access is available to the Cathedral itself, including a wheelchair lift to the Treasury Exhibition.

There is a limited amount of disabled parking available in the Abbey grounds, and an accessible toilet in our cafe. Please contact the Verger’s Office 01228 535169  in advance to ask for a parking permit . Disabled parking is also available at the Lanes shopping centre nearby.

Carlisle City Council operates a shopmobility scheme.  Email:


BY TRAIN: Carlisle is on the West Coast Mainline, the Settle-Carlisle line and the Newcastle-Carlisle line.  The Cathedral is a ten minute walk from the station.

BY AIR:  Carlisle Lake District Airport has regular scheduled flights to and from London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.

BY BUS:  The Cathedral is a five minute walk from the central bus station.

BY CAR: The Cathedral is on Castle Street. There are pay and display car parks nearby: at English Damside, Viaduct and Devonshire Walk.


If you are making a special trip to visit Carlisle Cathedral, please call the Cathedral Office on 01228 548151 to check you can access the area(s) of particular interest to you.


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