Opening Times

27th February to 31st March 2023Open Saturday - Thursday 10:00-16:00 (Closed Fridays)
1st April 30th to OctoberOpen 7 Days a week 10:00- 17:00 **
30th October to 12th NovemberOpen 7 Days a Week 10:00 -16:00
13th November to 9th February 2024Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00-16:00
24th-26th December and 1st JanuaryClosed
** Note that whole site will be closed to public between 6th and 10th September for the Borderlands Festival

Admission Charges – Museum only

(for a joint ticket for both Museum and Carlisle Castle, visit the English Heritage website)








(2 Adults, 3 Children):


*Concession includes: over 60’s, disabled (accompanying carer FREE entry), students with valid NUS card, ex-Regimental (The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment etc.), serving military/Ministry of Defence personnel and job seekers claiming JSA.

Groups of 11 or more 15% discount (group leader/driver goes free) please email

Free Entry

Free entry is also available to those currently serving in The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border), English Heritage members and children under 5 years old.

Joint Tickets are available from English Heritage if you would like to visit Carlisle Castle as well as the Museum.

Visitors wishing to visit just the Museum only need pay admission at the Museum front desk rather than the English Heritage gatehouse.


We have good access to the museum, with all our main collections housed on the ground floor. There are no steps into the entrance.  Any temporary exhibitions are on the upper level which is accessed by a staircase. If required we do have a wheelchair stair lift but it is advisable to phone ahead if needed to enquire further details. Blue Badge holders are allowed to park in the outer ward of the castle.

The Museum can be contacted outside these opening times on 01228 532774 or


How to find us

We are located within the walls of Carlisle Castle on the North side of Carlisle City Centre; a short walk from the railway and bus station.

By road from North, East and South M6 Junction 43 & 44; A595 from the West.
The best postcode to use for SatNav’s in cars is CA3 8UL which takes you to the nearest car park located next to the Castle. For a list of local car parks click here.



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