The Hidden History of Carlisle Citadel

Tour Details

Join our tour exploring both Citadel Towers in Carlisle. See the remains of the original Citadel built in 1541 on the orders of Henry VIII. Hear about the history of the site from a gate in the 12th century Norman city walls to the Citadel built on the orders of Henry VIII, the 19th century City Goal and the Crown Court in 1822. You will visit the Tudor Gun-ports, the Nisi Prius Court Room, the Grand Jury Room, and the former Crown Court.

The Citadel is not a museum, it is a fantastic Grade 1 Listed building, now empty, but with some wonderful stories to tell.


2022 dates coming soon



The tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes


Adults – £8
Children (8-15 years) – £4
MyCumbria Card Holders – £2 discount

Seasonal refreshments after the tour.

20% discount on entry to Tullie House Museum with your tour ticket.


You can book by calling Carlisle Tourist Information Centre on 01228 598596 (credit cards accepted). Booking is advisable.

If you have any questions relating to Covid-19 please contact Carol.

Other Information

The tour is not suitable for very young children. There are many steps and stairways to negotiate.

Please remember to wrap up warm.

Covid advice will be followed – sanitisers, masks and social distancing.

In Association With

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