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Coronavirus update 

Temporary Closure of Museum 

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, and in line with other cultural organisations, we will temporarily close from 3pm on the 18 March. 

We hope to reopen on 1 May but will regularly review the situation.  Please check our website and social media channels for information. 

Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

The Museum is located in the grounds of historic Carlisle Castle.

Opening times:

November – March: Saturday to Thursday 10am – 4pm (closed on Fridays)

April – September: Daily 10am – 6pm

October: Daily 10am – 5pm

We are closed 23rd December to 27th December and 30th to the 2nd January 2020

Admission Charges (Museum only)








(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.

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.

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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