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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.

Free parking in Carlisle - Stay Local, Shop Local
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Free parking in Carlisle - Stay Local, Shop Local

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There is now free weekend and Bank Holiday parking in nine of our city centre car parks.

In addition to the weekend offer, we have also introduced a reduced rate parking charge of £1 for the first hour of parking across our city centre pay and display car parks.

The parking promotions started in April 2022.

The nine participating car parks are: Caldew Riverside, Castle, Viaduct, Sands, Swifts, West Walls, Bitts Park, Lowther Street and the Civic Centre.

The offer is aimed at supporting recovery on the high street and does not therefore extend to parking at Paddy’s Market (all-day car park) and Talkin Tarn car park.

Overnight barrier closures in Castle, Caldew Riverside and West Walls car parks will remain in place as per current arrangements. The overnight closure times may be reviewed/extended at weekends and bank holidays to reflect any changing demands but will be kept under review should this lead to any increase in anti-social behaviour



Theme picker

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