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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.


Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 20:00
Saturday 05:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Shops noteNewsagent
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
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 pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains
Car parking spaces163
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£360.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
At the top of the long stay car park, and on platform 8.
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

ramped footbridge, staff available to assist

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

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.

Departures and arrivals from Carlisle

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Carlisle station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London EustonAvanti West Coast06:534Late
to NewcastleNorthern06:584Late
to Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern07:102On time
to NewcastleNorthern07:265On time
to London EustonAvanti West Coast07:464On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Glasgow CentralAvanti West Coast06:524Late
from DumfriesNorthern06:574Late
from NewcastleNorthern07:155On time
from WhitehavenNorthern07:382On time
from Glasgow CentralAvanti West Coast07:444On time
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