Carlisle Cathedral Churches

Carlisle Cathedral
Castle Street


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Located in the far North of England, Carlisle is just a few miles from the Scottish border. This city has had a very turbulent history. The Romans built a wall through it, Vikings invaded it and the Scots and English fought over it for many years.

The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it 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 a very fine renovated 14th century barrel-vaulted painted ceiling in the choir and in the north and south aisles medieval paintings depicting the Life of St. Cuthbert, St. Augustine and St. Antony and the figures of the 12 Apostles. The carved capitals of the columns in the choir represent activities associated with the months of the year and the early 15th century choir stalls and misericords are notable examples of medieval carving. The Cathedral's stained glass dates from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

The Treasury contains a fine display of Cathedral and Diocesan silver and treasures, illustrating the story of Christians in Cumbria through the centuries.

Wheelchair access is available to the Cathedral. There is parking for the disabled inside the entrance to the cathedral grounds and an accessible toilet within the grounds.

The Cathedral is open daily 7. 30am to 6. 15pm hours Monday to Saturday and 7. 30am to 5. 00pm hours on Sunday. Volunteer guides are on hand to assist visitors. .

Attraction Details

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VenueCarlisle Cathedral
AddressCastle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TZ
Opening times7.30am - 6.15pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeChurches

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