Carlisle Cathedral

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Carlisle Cathedral information

Carlisle , United Kingdom
7 The Abbey
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suggested donation £5, photography permit £1
Opening hours
7.30am-6.15pm Mon-Sat, to 5pm Sun
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Built from the same scarlet sandstone as the castle, Carlisle's cathedral began life as a priory church in 1122, and became a cathedral when its first abbot, Athelwold, became the first Bishop of Carlisle. Among its notable features are the 15th-century choir stalls, the barrel-vaulted roof and the 14th-century East Window, one of the largest Gothic windows in England. Surrounding the cathedral are other priory relics, including the 16th-century Fratry and the Prior's Tower .