The Cathedral Café sits in the shadow of the medieval cloister and creates a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a good cup of coffee. Recently built, the Cathedral Café is a perfect location with an up-to-date kitchen and welcoming staff. With indoor and outdoor seating, you can appreciate the sights of the ancient cathedral directly or you can tuck inside in their spacious café building directly connected to the medieval fratry.

Here you can enjoy a range of light lunches and hot and cold drinks from their seasonal and fully homemade menu. They also serve afternoon tea. Additionally, award-winning local brand, John Watt & Son supplies all their coffee!

The Cathedral Café sits among many sights in the historic quarter of Carlisle. It has close bus network connections at West Tower Street or at the bus station (a ten minute walk away). Alternatively, you can travel by train to Carlisle train station roughly ten minutes away. There is some limited street parking in front of the Cathedral on Castle Street. Please be aware that the café does not have any designated parking. However, the Cathedral can be contacted ahead to arrange some! Click here for details.


The Cathedral Café is fully level access and wheelchair accessible. There is plenty of space inside to manoeuvre. Additionally, the outdoor seating is well adapted and chairs can be easily moved.

It is a quiet location to enjoy a bite to eat, the foot traffic is limited to those visiting the Cathedral and its café. Visitors can sit and appreciate the architecture without worrying about the area over crowding. However, sometimes the café can get very busy.

For more information on the café, click here.

To find out more about Carlisle coffee business John Watt & Son, click here!

Q Are dogs welcome?

Assistance dogs are welcome inside the café. Other dogs will need to remain outside.

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