The Hidden History of Carlisle Citadel

Tour Details

Join our Hidden History Tour exploring both Citadel Towers. 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 12thc Norman city walls to the Citadel built on the orders of Henry VIII, the 19thc 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.


We regret to inform you that these tours are currently cancelled due to health and safety issues in the Citadel.

20 July 2022Wednesday2pm
21 July 2022Thursday2pm
22 July 2022Friday2pm
27 July 2022Wednesday2pm
28 July 2022Thursday2pm
29 July 2022Friday2pm
3 August 2022Wednesday2pm
4 August 2022Thursday2pm
5 August 2022Friday2pm
10 August 2022Wednesday2pm
11 August 2022Thursday2pm
12 August 2022Friday2pm
17 August 2022Wednesday2pm
18 August 2022Thursday2pm
19 August 2022Friday2pm
24 August 2022Wednesday2pm
25 August 2022Thursday2pm
26 August 2022Friday2pm


The tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes


Adults – £8
Children (8-15 years) – £4

Complimentary voucher for tea or coffee from Watts Coffee Shops

£2 discount on entry to Tullie House Museum with your tour ticket at reception.

£2 Discount for MyCumbria Card holders and guests.


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

Other Information

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

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