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.


Dates in red indicate cancelled tours due to Covid restrictions

Unfortunately the tours between 25 – 27 August have sadly been cancelled. We must report that some health and safety issues need attention and will prevent access for our tours.

We look forward to advertising new tour dates in the future.

2 June 2021Wednesday2pm
3 June 2021Thursday2pm
4 June 2021Friday2pm
21 July 2021Wednesday2pm
22 July 2021Thursday2pm
23 July 2021Friday2pm
28 July 2021Wednesday2pm
29 July 2021Thursday2pm
30 July 2021Friday2pm
4 August 2021Wednesday2pm
5 August 2021Thursday2pm
6 August 2021Friday2pm
11 August 2021Wednesday2pm
12 August 2021Thursday2pm
13 August 2021Friday2pm
18 August 2021Wednesday2pm
19 August 2021Thursday2pm
20 August 2021Friday2pm
25 August 2021Wednesday2pm
26 August 2021Thursday2pm
27 August 2021Friday2pm


The tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes


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

Complimentary Tea or Coffee voucher for Watts Coffee Shops. Voucher valid until end of September.


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

Please contact Carol direct to book during Covid restrictions

Other Information

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