Museums and galleries

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Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary art and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery. There are four fantastic galleries to explore, which will take you on a journey through the ages from present day right back to the early Romans and beyond. There is plenty to see and do at Tullie House.

Carlisle and District residents can purchase a Tullie Card for just £1 which entitles the holder to unlimited FREE admission (T&C’s apply) for one year.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Street

Tel: 01228 618718

Web: Tullie house

Tullie House Gardens

Guildhall Museum - Carlisle’s best kept secret.

Experience the unique atmosphere of the oldest city centre building. The Guildhall was originally a row of shops and workshops attached to a wealthy merchant’s townhouse. It has been owned by the City of Carlisle since the 1400’s and is now home to a museum of civic history. The Guildhall houses treasures such as the great iron-clad chest that stored the city's documents, the medieval stocks and the unique Carlisle Bells (the oldest horseracing prizes in England).

Children can experience life in Tudor times by dressing up and trading as a Tudor merchant. This museum is well worth a look, especially as admission is free.

Guildhall Museum
Green Market

Tel: 01228 618718

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Guildhall Museum

Carlisle Castle

Standing strongly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history. Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress.

Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best loved landmarks. With Border Reivers tours, the picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out.

Carlisle Castle
Bridge Street

Tel: 0870 333 1181

Web: Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

The Museum of the Border and Kings Own Royal Border Regiments

The Museum home to the Border Regiment and King's Own Royal Border Regiment is based in Queen Mary’s Tower a 16th Century building in the Inner Ward of Carlisle Castle.

The Regimental Museum opened in the Keep of Carlisle Castle in 1932 for the benefit of new recruits and visitors to the site and has been in its present location since 1973. This superb medieval Royal Castle, founded in 1092, housed the Barracks used by the Regiment from 1873 as its Regimental Training Depot.

King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum
Carlisle Castle

Tel: 01228 532774

Web: Border Regiment Museum

Border Regiment Museum

Solway Aviation Museum

Home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artefact's and displays, the museum reflects Britain's position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age.

The museum's primary objective is the preservation of our Aviation heritage, its display and interpretation. Take a nostalgic journey back to Wartime Cumberland and the men and women of the RAF who served in WWII.

Solway Aviation Museum
Aviation House
Carlisle Airport

Tel: 01228 573823

Web: Solway Aviation Museum

Solway Aviation Museum

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald is the perfect place to stop for a family day out or if you're walking or cycling along Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria. Extensive remains of the Roman Fort can be explored and the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site can be seen here.

The visitor centre has interesting interactive displays and artefacts as well as a model representation of the Wall at its full height. Enjoy delicious locally made cakes and treats in the tearoom while outside wildlife is in abundance as this site is a real nature haven.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Tel: 0870 333 1181

Web: Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

Find out more about Nenthead Mines, a museum dedicated to both showing and telling the 'story' of the mineral mining past of the North Pennines. Prepare to launch on a voyage of discovery at Nenthead Mines, learning more about the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry that at one time completely dominated the landscape of the North Pennines!

Nenthead Mines has now closed for 2011

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

Tel: 01434 382726

Web: Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

Nenthead mine

Vindolanda Trust Chesterholm Museum

The North East’s best day out on Hadrian’s Wall. The Vindolanda Charitable Trust bring you two exciting and unmissable tourist attractions dramatically exploring Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago.

Come and enjoy the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, live archaeology in summertime, the exclusive Eagle Eye 3D film and much more all in the heart of beautiful Northumberland National Park and central section of Hadrian's Wall.

Vindolanda Trust
Chesterholm Museum
Bardon Mill
NE47 7JN

Tel: 01434 344277

Web: Vindolanda Trust, Chesterholm Museum

Vindolanda Museum

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