Carlisle Train Station – also known as Carlisle Citadel Station – is advantageously placed, with Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery all within a few minutes' walk of the station.
Designed in 1847 by the architect that designed the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, the Tudor Gothic building is one of the most impressive stations in the world. An undercroft was also opened upon completion of the building, and for many years, the darkened rooms down below served as butchers, repositories and rail-staff accommodation. Nowadays the spooky croft acts as a rumour mill for the many ghost stories that surround the station, such as the headless man that wanders platform 8 or the veiled lady of the concourse. Ghost tours have been organised in the past, although one member of staff has said that most people will not venture into parts of The Undercroft.
Carlisle train station is mainly served by Northern and Avanti West Coast trains. Frequent Northern services connect Newcastle to Carlisle in 1h 32m and Lancaster to Carlisle in 1h 6m, while Avanti West Coast trains cover the routes from London to Carlisle in 3h 57m and Glasgow to Carlisle in 1h 40m.
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Carlisle train station has eight platforms and only one entrance. The concourse opens straight onto platform 4. Platforms 5 and 6 can be found a short distance to the left, platforms 7 and 8 to the right. The concourse has a travel centre and ticket office. A stair-accessed footbridge and a step-free subway link the concourse to platforms 1, 2 and 3. All toilets are located on platform 1.
Carlisle train station has two car parks: a long-stay car park, which is adjacent to the ticket counter, and a short-stay car park on Carlisle Castle Gate. Both car parks have step-free access.
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Carlisle station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.
Trains arrive into and depart from Carlisle station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Carlisle.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Carlisle station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Carlisle station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.