If you're taking the train to Carlisle Castle, the best station to head to is Carlisle, just half a mile away. The station is served by trains from across the UK, including services to and from Glasgow Central, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. The castle is just a fifteen minute walk north of the station, or a short bus ride away - services 60, 61, 61A, 67 and 68 depart from Stand D outside the station, and stop at Carlisle Castle.
|Weekdays||05:00 - 20:00|
|Saturday||05:00 - 20:00|
|Sunday||09:00 - 20:00|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer Service notes|
Monday - Sunday : 09:30 - 17:30.
Available from the Customer Information point, located by the main entrance, next to the ticket office.
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Virgin Trains|
|Car parking spaces||163|
|Cycle storage spaces||20|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
At the top of the long stay car park, and on platform 8.
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
ramped footbridge, staff available to assist
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
Carlisle Castle has stood above the great border city for nine centuries, and has been a fortress, a prison, a military barracks and more. Today it's an atmospheric visitor attraction with some excellent interactive touches. Start out with a look at the tower in which Mary Queen of Scots was held captive in the 1500s, by order of Queen Elizabeth I. You can also follow in the footsteps of the doomed queen on 'Lady's Walk', a footpath in front of the castle on which she was allowed to take exercise.
Next up is a visit to the castle exhibition centre, which brings to life its former occupants from Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Prince Charlie. You'll get to see life through the eyes of 16th Century monarchs as you make your way around the displays and artefacts on the walls. The exhibition in the old militia store even includes ad 3D virtual tour of the castle keep and Captain's Tower.
Finally, don't miss the mysterious stone carvings in the castle keep. Depicting everything from knights to mermaids, they are thought to date back to the 1400s.
Also within the castle grounds is Cumbria's Military Museum. Note that this museum is run independently, and is not included in castle admission.