Carlisle Cathedral



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The Cathedral, founded in 1122 as a Norman Priory for Augustinian canons, has conducted services for nearly 900 years. Items of special interest include the East Window, with its tracery containing some very fine 14th-century stained glass, and the Brougham Triptych, a magnificent 16th-century carved Flemish altarpiece in St. Wilfrid's Chapel. There is an interesting 14th-century barrel-vaulted painted ceiling in the Choir, and in the north and south aisles medieval paintings depict the Life of St. Cuthbert and St. Anthony and the figures of the 12 Apostles.

Carlisle Cathedral
Cathedral Office,Castle Street,CARLISLE,CA3 8TZ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchair lift to Treasury, disabled access to shop
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily, Mon-Sat 7.30-6.15, Sun 7.30-5, summer BHs 9.45-6.15, winter BHs, Xmas & New Year 9.45-4 (may vary during special events)

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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