We provide great value with a 15% discount for groups of 11 or more visitors paying together. We also offer free entry for coach drivers and tour leaders.
Contact the Museum for a Group Booking Form.
Average length of visit – up to 1 hour.
The Museum is located in the grounds of Carlisle Castle. Parking in the castle is restricted and only strictly available to disabled visitors in cars. There is no access in to the castle for coaches. There are several car parks with coach bays nearby. These are sign-posted and charged-for (not managed by the Museum or English Heritage). Devonshire Walk car park (CA3 8UL) is the nearest and best for coaches, located next to the Castle it’s only a couple of minutes walk from the Museum (not managed by the Museum or English Heritage). For parking charges and more information on local car parks click here.
DROP OFF POINT
The nearest drop off point to the Castle is the lay by directly outside Tullie House. To access this from the East or West you must drive to Hardwicke Circus and take the exit for The West A595. Carry on along Castleway until you reach Tullie House where there is a lay by to drive in to. You can drop off your party here and visitors can use the underpass to get to the castle. There is a lift on one side of the underpass and a ramp on the other side for disabled. The driver can then park in nearby Devonshire Walk car park.
Please do not drop off groups on the cobbled road that leads up to Carlisle Castle. This is a frequently used access road that requires 24 hour access for vehicles and must remain clear at all times.
A Brief History of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment
For an additional £1.50 per person, a member of our team will give your group a more in depth experience of our collection and the Regiment’s history. Tours last half an hour.
FOOD & DRINK
The Museum’s onsite Café serves light lunches, snacks and hot & cold drinks and is run by Bakehouse Ltd. All of their food is baked and prepared daily in their bakery. They use only the finest Cumbrian produce and locally sourced foods.
Groups can enjoy a coffee or a pot of tea for £1.50 (normally £2.00) and fruit juice or water for 75p (normally £1). Driver/group leader receives free drink of their choice. A driver/group leader allowing time for lunch at the Museum may also be eligible for a complimentary lunch (see below for details).
Other offers for groups are also available and can be pre-booked:
● Cream Tea: fruit scone with jam & cream + coffee/pot of tea – £3.50 (normally £4.50)
● Victoria Sponge + coffee/pot of tea – £2.50 (normally £4.75)
● Light Lunch: Half Sandwich + Soup of the day – £5.00 (group only special offer)
● Bakehouse Bites + free coffee/pot of tea – £4.50 (group only offer). Choose from Cumberland sausage roll, pie of the day or quiche.
Offers are subject to availability. Guarantee food provision for your group by pre-booking food on our booking form. Bookings for food must be received minimum 7 days in advance of your visit. If groups spend a total of £25 or more on bookings, or in the cafe, the driver/group leader will receive a complimentary light lunch or Bakehouse bite (only applies to one group leader or driver).
The Museum has no association with Carlisle Castle’s admission and has different seasonal opening times. You can visit the Museum independently without paying admission to the Castle. If you wish to book a group visit to the Castle as well please contact English Heritage separately.
For more information about Museum access and opening times click here.
ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS
We do offer discounts to English Heritage members, however the 15% group discount would not apply to these visitors as they are eligible to receive up to 50% discount with their membership card. They would however still be eligible for special offers in the cafe as part of the group. Please mark on the booking form how many of your group are English Heritage members. Members must present a valid membership card when they visit the Museum.
CONTACT US TODAY FOR A BOOKING FORM
Telephone: 01228 532774
Address: Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR