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Welcome to Art's and Culture

Whatever the new ‘normal’ is there’s never been a more poignant and exciting time for arts and culture. Like very thirsty people we’ve all been dreaming of slaking our creative thirst. There’s real positive energy just bursting to get out. Be part of these exciting times, there are already many ways to get involved (some listed below) but there’s always room for new ideas.

So sharpen those pens, dust off the brushes, or have a gargle and get your voice ready. Here’s to it. Scroll down for more information or use our interactive map and lists of exciting museums and monuments.

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Chances Park (CA2 6JP)

Chances Park is specially landscaped to offers great views of the city of Carlisle. The main entrance to Chance's Park and the community centre is off the Wigton Road (A595) where there is a free car park for visitors. There is pedestrian access off Dunmallet Rigg, Wigton Road, Dunmail Drive, Park Road and Langrigg Road.

Chances Park (CA2 6JP)

Chance’s Park is situated on high ground within the Morton Area of Carlisle, to the West of City. The park forms the grounds of Morton Manor, once the home of the Chance family, now a Community Centre.  Free visitor parking is available at the Community Centre, situated off Wigton Road. Pedestrian access to the park may be gained from Dunmallet Rigg, Langrigg Road, Park Road, Dunmail Drive and Wigton Road.

Hammonds Pond (CA2 4PS)

A former brick works, Hammonds Pond is now a busy local park with many recreational opportunities. Hammond's Pond is situated on a hill at Upperby, to the south of the City of Carlisle.

Hammonds Pond (CA2 4PS)

Established around a man made pond, Hammond's Pond is a hive of activity with local dog walkers, families people using the area for exercising.   There is vehicular access and free parking from the park entrance off Blackwell Road, and from the park entrance off Buchannan Road.  Pedestrian access is from Blackwell Road, Buchannan Road, Henderson Road and Scalegate Road.

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Heysham Park (CA2 7HP)

Heysham Park is a long, narrow corridor of green space running from the Westernmost fringe of the City at Belle Vue right through to the Raffles area of central Carlisle.

Heysham Park (CA2 7HP)

Heysham Park is the ideal place for a peacful walk along a green corridor, while taking in the varying characteristics of the park.

Informal car parking is provided off Raffles Avenue, adjacent to the Living Well Trust facilities.

Numerous pedestrian access points are located along the 2 kilometre plus length of the park, including those at: Green Lane, Thomlinson Avenue, Brookside, Shadygrove Road, Marks Avenue, Raffles Avenue, Mardale Road, Heysham Park Avenue, Coalfell Avenue, Dobinson Road and Castlesteads Drive.

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Melbourne Park (CA1 2BS)

Melbourne Park lies off the Warwick Road, just east of the City Centre, flanking the River Petteril.

Melbourne Park (CA1 2BS)

This 28 hectare Park extends as far south as the merged Newcastle and the Carlisle Settle Railway Lines at Durranhill.

To the east of the Park is Botcherby, with access points off Warwick Road, Walkmill Crescent, Ennerdale Avenue, Borland Avenue and Botcherby Avenue. To the west is St Aidans, with park access points off Warwick Road, Riverside Way, Nook Street, Raven Street, Melbourne Road and Adelaide Street. You can also access the park, with care, along the informal pathways along the River Petteril from the south off the London Road.

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Useful Information and links

A Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria.  The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

Discover Carlisle has lots of ideas for things to see and do in and around England’s biggest city

"A virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria. Sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences"

    Cumbria Arts & Culture Network 

      Prism Arts

   Eden Arts

   Carlisle Contemporary Arts 


There are a number of historical monument in and around Carlisle.  Please see the downloadable Monuments and Memorial Guide below.

Public art

Professional street art is growing in the city as show cased in this Cumbria Guide article.  


Landmark Street Art


The Source Collective  

Theatre and Drama


  Rocket Theatre