Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery188,000 objects. What does this really mean? Quite simply, it means that Tullie House can open your eyes to the heritage and art of the region as no-where else can.
Amazing family friendly gallery opened in July 2011 exploring the story of Rome’s north west frontier and the Roman occupation of the north of Britain. The ambition of the Romans was to conquer the whole of Britain. They marched through Carlisle on their way to conquer what is now Scotland over 50 years before Hadrian’s Wall was built. Did you know that Hadrian’s Wall itself was abandoned only 20 years after it was built and a new Wall built in Scotland, between modern Edinburgh and Glasgow, on the edge of the highlands? In later years Roman troops were stationed well north of Hadrian’s Wall, into the Scottish borders.
The exhibition gives a real insight into the Roman occupation, its impact on local people, what it was like to be a Roman citizen and why the Romans were here. The Living Wall exhibit highlights modern frontiers and what it’s like to live in a divided country. The displays include objects from the British Museum alongside the outstanding Tullie House collection of Roman period objects from the western part of Hadrian’s Wall. Multi-media, interactive displays and hidden histories provide provide lots to do for all the family.
Tullie House and the Roman Frontier Gallery are managed by the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust. There is a restaurant and a shop selling books and souvenirs.
The Tullie House Museum includes fine collections of art, history and nature and an award winning restaurant. The museum is located in the middle of Carlisle’s historic quarter near to the Castle and Cathedral and high quality independent shops. There are interesting walks through Bitts Park to the river Eden following the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail or take a leisurely stroll around the historic quarter including the old town walls.
More informationNov-Mar: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pmApr-Jun and Sep-Oct:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pmJul-Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pmClosed 25-26 Dec, 1 JanAdmission: adults £5.20, concessions £3.60, child 5-18years £50p, under 5s Free. (01228) 618718
Sat Nav: CA3 8TP
Accessible from the Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus AD122 and the Hadrian’s Wall Country railway line. Carlisle is an excellent base from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall Country by train, car, cycle or bus, with the Roman Frontier Gallery providing an outstanding introduction to your visit.
Other things to do
From the calm of the serene historic quarter through to the bustle of the modern, lively shopping streets and precincts, there are attractions and things to do for the whole family so Carlisle is sure to please.
Unlock 900 years of history by visiting medieval Carlisle Castle. With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. The Cumbria Military Museum is also present inside the castle.
Founded in 1122 by King Henry 1, Carlisle Cathedral is another gem not to be missed. Open to the public everyday, the cathedral is built from characteristic Cumbria red sandstone and is home to a number of beautiful features such as the stunning ceiling of the choir, runic inscriptions and impressive stained glass windows.
For shows, performances and gigs, visit the Sands Leisure Centre.
In the town centre there is a Tourist Information Centre.
A little further a field visit:
Houghton Hall Garden Centre
Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Walby Park Farm
Settle to Carlisle railway
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