Carlisle Cathedral

 Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

  • Bells:     13: 21-0-6 (1071 kg) in Eb (includes sharp second)
  • Service Ringing:     9.30 am
  • Practice:     Friday  7.30 pm
  • Grid:     NY398559
  • Postcode:     CA3 8TZ

Contact:

Anne East, 65 Scotby Road Scotby, Carlisle CA4 8BG

Phone:    01228 513633

Email:    aeast65sr-at-btinternet.com

Getting there and Parking:

By Road:

Getting to Carlisle is easy, getting to the cathedral is not so easy for those unfamiliar with the area, especially in view of the daytime and Saturday parking restrictions. The large car parking complex near to the railway station (Viaduct or West Walls) is the best is to make for (Coaches should park on the Devonshire Walk car park).
From the South (A6)
On reaching the Citadel traffic lights (by Railway Station) go straight ahead and turn next left at lights onto Victoria Viaduct. Get in the right lane and turn at the lights into the road leading to car parks.
From the North (A7, B6264, A689)
Cross Eden Bridge and get in the right hand lane (West) at the Hardwicke Circus roundabout (traffic lights at peak time only morning and evening). Take the last exit onto Castle Way, A595 to West Cumbria, (The Cathedral is signed to the left but route is tricky to follow and parking limited). Pass the Castle on your right and turn left at the next traffic lights onto the B5299. Turn left at the next traffic lights, at the foot of a large chimney, into Junction Street. Go straight over the first set of lights, cross the river and turn left at the next set into the car park complex.
From the East (A 69 or M6)
Follow signs to the West. When you reach the Hardwicke Circus roundabout, take the first exit and follow the same route as from the North.
From the West (A595)
When the Wigton Road reaches the Caldewgate roundabout go straight ahead, taking the right hand lane. Turn right at the traffic lights onto the B5299 heading towards a large chimney. Follow the directions from the North to reach the car parks.
Parking
There are several car parks available in the city centre.
The directions above direct you to the large Viaduct and West Walls car parks which are closest to the cathedral. To minimise walking turn right under the railway (height restriction) and immediately left into the West Walls car park (rates may be cheaper at the far end). From the car park there are several sets of steps up to West Walls at the back of the Close. In working hours there is access from this side, at other times the only entrance to the Close is on Castle Street (follow the signs).

Parking at Cathedral – on practice night only, but there are two spaces for disabled parking for services.

By Rail:

The station is ten minutes walk from the Cathedral.
Carlisle is served by:
The West Coast main line with direct services to Scotland, London and the South West.
Direct services to Newcastle and the North East.
The scenic Settle-Carlisle line starts here, passing through the Eden Valley, across the Pennines to Skipton and Leeds.
The Cumbrian Coast line serves West Cumbria, eventually rejoining the West Coast main line at Lancaster.

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Access:

Be prepared for a  long climb. Enter the cathedral through the south (only) door, go straight ahead and turn right into the north aisle. Walk the whole length of the nave and look for the small door beside the side altar. The spiral stairs take you to the clerestory level where you get a good view of the roof above and the nave below. Walk back towards the organ and go through the fire door; go up the spiral staircase and pass the first exit. The ringing room is down a few steps once you reach the top of the spiral.

  • It is advisable to phone before visiting as practices are sometimes cancelled.
  • On practice night please arrive by 7.30pm  as the cathedral is locked  and it is a LONG way down to the door.

Toilets:

Available in the Fratry Tea Rooms opposite the south door, during opening hours only. Remember it is a LONG climb & walk to the ringing room!

Disabled facilities available during the day.

Links:

Carlisle Cathedral website

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