2013 Opening Times
19th March – 14th April and July, August and September 12 – 4pm daily. Admission Free
The Guildhall is a Grade 1 Listed Building dating from the 14th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Carlisle. As with any surviving building from this period, it has been undergoing a programme of structural repairs and maintenance.
Visitors can book a guided tour at the Tullie House reception or by telephoning 01228 618700.
The Guildhall is a half timbered house on the corner of the Greenmarket and Fisher Street. It was given to the city by Richard de Redeness and used as the meeting place by the town's eight medieval Trade Guilds. Four of the Guilds survive today and continue to meet annually in the building on Ascension Day.
Five minutes walk from Tullie House, the Guildhall overlooks the town centre.
The building is believed to date from the late 14th century. Its upper floors project out in the usual fashion of timber-framed structures. The building was extensively renovated in 1978-9, but much early timber-work survives, as do wattle-and-daub internal walls. The results of current research on the structure and dating of the building are awaited with interest. The Guildhall is a Grade 1 Ancient Monument, and one of the four oldest buildings in the City.