Visitor Information

We very much regret that it is necessary to close the Cathedral during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is clearly essential that we do all in our power to support the efforts being made to limit the effect of this outbreak.

“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 visitor, but please give what you are able to.  All donations are used to maintain this magnificent building and our ministry and to keep our doors 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, as well as an accessible toilet. Please ask in the Welcome Centre, inside the Cathedral for directions. 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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