Visitor Information

We are delighted to say that the cathedral is open again! The Cathedral is open to the public every weekday, 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturdays 8.30am-5pm, and of course Sundays 9am to 5pm. Do visit us and call in at our new cafe, which is now open Monday to Saturday 8am-4pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. The Cathedral Gift Shop is open Monday to Saturday 10am-3pm.

“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, 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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