Carlisle Cathedral is in the centre of
Carlisle in Cumbria northwest
England, next to the main Shopping
The Cathedral was built from 1122.
Free to visit with a small charge if you
want interior photos. Postcode: CA3
Area Attractions Click on Map
The image top is from Carlisle Market Square
looking down Castle Street towards Carlisle
Castle. The Cathedral is easily found as it
towers above all the other buildings in the
City centre. There are a number of car parks in
the area around the Cathedral, and at the Train
Station close by.
The main entrance is on the west side. The
Abbey here took the status of a Cathedral in
1133, when Athelwold became the first Bishop of
Carlisle Cathedral History
876 - Carlisle was attacked and burned by
Danes\Vikings, destroying the first Church on
1122 - The earliest parts of the Cathedral
seen today were built as an Augustinian Priory
during the reign of King Henry I.
1133 - the Priory became a Cathedral when
Athelwold became the first Bishop of Carlisle
(1133–55). A Cathedral is the seat of a Bishop,
nothing to do with size, although Bishops tend
to have their seats in the largest Churches in
1135 - The Scots took control of Carlisle, a
time when Scotland and England were fighting
over the Border between the two Countries.
1157 - Henry II regained control of
1292 - the Choir was destroyed by fire.
1315 - the choir was rebuilt.
1380 - the Tower collapsed during a Storm,
demolishing the North Transept as well.
1400 to 1420 - the tower was rebuilt.
1500s early - the Priors Tower was built
along with a Wall around the Cathedral and a
1540 - Carlisle Cathedral was converted from
a Roman Catholic Cathedral to a Church of
England by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of
1642 - the English Civil War broke out with
Carlisle backing the Royalists.
1644 - a Scots army with the
Parliamentarians took control of the City after
an eight month siege.
1651 - the end of the Civil War , with a
Parliamentarian victory, allowed the citizens
to repair war damage to the Cathedral and
1745 - Jacobite forces loyal to Prince
Charles Edward Stuart, captured Carlisle and
1745 December - English forces forced the
Scots out of Carlisle. This being one of the
last battles between the English and Scots in
16th April 1746 - the Battle of Culloden, by
Inverness in northern Scotland, sees the
Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie
defeated by the Loyalist Troops of George I,
the last Battle on the British mainland.
Since 1746, Carlisle Cathedral has been
restored and served as the main Church in the
area, and as a major Tourist Attraction.
There are many Tombs throughout the
Cathedral, of Bishops and Famous People from