English Heritage: Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle is a medieval fortress with ancient chambers, stairways and dungeons, providing panoramic views of the city and across the hills of the Lake District and southern Scotland.
Visitors can take in Queen Mary's Tower where Mary, Queen of Scots was held captive from 1567, under Sir Francis Knolly's watchful eye. You can also check out 'Lady's Walk' – the area at the front of the castle where he occasionally allowed her to take walks during her imprisonment.
An exhibition in the castle brings its past inhabitants to life, including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visitors can examine the mysterious stone carvings which are thought to have been made by bored prison guards back in the 15th century.
There is parking at the castle for disabled visitors only, but car parks are available nearby in the city centre. The castle is half a mile from Carlisle train station and can be accessed by bus services Stagecoach 38, 39, 60, 60A, 61, 61A, 67, 68, 71, 93, 300, 301, 554 and 600.
There is a picnic area available in the Outer Ward, and dogs on leads are welcome, but not in the exhibition or Military Museum (except for guide dogs). Toilets (including disabled toilets) are available on site.