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Entrance Fees and Photography

Entrance Fees

Entry to the Cathedral is free, however, we receive no government funding and we are reliant on the generosity of our visitors, our congregation and supporters.

A £5 donation from each adult visitor would secure the future of this magnificent building and help us to welcome and inspire for generations to come. Whatever you give, we thank you for your support.
Don't forget, if you are a UK taxpayer, to use the Gift Aid option which will increase your donation at no extra cost.

Please note that for some events and exhibitions there may be an entrance fee. This will be noted on the event’s page and in the online calendar where relevant.

Photography / Filming in the Cathedral

It is possible to take photographs inside the Cathedral, but we would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines.

  • If you would like to take photographs or video inside the Cathedral please purchase a permit, from either the Welcome Desk immediately upon entering the Cathedral, or the Gift Shop, which is on your right once inside. Permits for general photography cost just £2.
  • Tripod photography is only allowed by prior arrangement, and anyone wishing to take photographs using a tripod is asked to make contact in advance by email office@carlislecathedral.org.uk or 01228 548151
  • Commercial photography and filming is not allowed within the Cathedral or the grounds.
  • We would ask that anyone taking photographs respects the privacy of other visitors, particularly when at prayer or during services. Photographing the choir is not allowed unless by prior agreement in writing.
  • Specialist photography with access to the misericords requires pre-booking and an additional fee. Anyone interested in this should contact the office who will organise access with the Vergers Department.

If you have any queries with regard to photography in the Cathedral or its precinct, please speak to a member of staff, who will be able to advise you. All monies collected from the sale of permits are used to help maintain the Cathedral.

Your co-operation in preserving the fabric and atmosphere of this very special place is much appreciated.