Old Town Hall & Carlisle Tourist Information Centre


Old Town Hall clock, roof, crest and windowsA prominent two storey Grade I Listed Building of Medieval origin, the Old Town Hall mostly dates from the 17th and 18th centuries.

1345 is the earliest reference to the predecessor of the building, variously termed the ‘Toll booth’, 'Common Hall’ and ‘Motehall’ or ‘Moot Hall’ in later medieval sources. In 1668 the medieval hall was demolished to make way for a new one on the same site. It is this building, finished in 1669, with numerous subsequent alterations and extensions which survives today.

Over the years, the ground floor of the building has consistently remained in commercial and retail use whilst the grander public rooms at first floor level have accommodated a number of important civic functions including, most notably the Courts of Assize until 1881, the City’s Magistrates Court until 1941, and Council Chamber and offices of the City of Carlisle Corporation until 1964.

The first floor now accommodates the Tourist Information Centre and Assembly Room.

Essential repair work was completed both internally and externally at the start of July 2013 to ensure this historic building remains in the best possible condition and to further improve the award winning service provided by the dedicated TIC staff. Further work was carried out at the Old Town Hall during the first half of 2015, providing a comprehensive upgrade to the TIC, including the installation of multi-media equipment, display fitments and desk installation with improved access from street level to the first floor.

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Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Old Town Hall
Green Market

01228 598596


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