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Carlisle Station

One of the most beautiful stations in the country, Carlisle Train station is surrounded by culture. Once you’ve finished admiring the imposing Tudor Gothic architecture it’s just a short walk to Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. Also known as Carlisle Citadel station, the Grade ll listed building is set adjacent to Carlisle Citadel, a former medieval fortress.

Carlisle station was designed by English Architect William Tite, who also designed the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, the Tudor Gothic station first opened in 1847, though construction was not yet complete. One of several in the city, it became the dominant station by 1851.

The station houses an undercroft, which served for many years was used as butchers, repositories and rail-staff accommodation. It’s now the setting for many a ghost story surrounding the building. Look out for the veiled woman on the concourse, and the headless man said to haunt platform 8. 

Managed by Network Rail, Carlisle station facilities include toilets and showers, a car park and bicycle storage, and customer service support. The whole station has step-free access, including a train access ramp, accessible toilets and available wheelchairs.

Carlisle station has eight platforms and is served by Avanti West Coast, Northern, TransPennine Express and Abellio ScotRail. The Caledonian Sleeper service passes through once a day, and excursion trains regularly visit the station.

From this station, you can catch a train to Birmingham, Dumfries, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Lancaster, Leeds, London Euston, Manchester Airport, and Newcastle.

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