Carlisle Archive Centre

Market Place, Carlisle, c. 1890-1900Market Place, Carlisle. c. 1890-1900

Carlisle Archive Centre was opened in 1962, but records were collected prior to that date. 

The Archive originally operated from within Carlisle Castle, but moved to Petteril Bank Road in 2011. 

Documents held by the Archive relate to the area of the historic county of Cumberland that was situated north of River Derwent.

This region includes Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith, Maryport and their surrounding areas.

Dating from the twelfth century to the present day, these records include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.  

Many of their resources are available on microfilm or microfiche.

One of the Office's most important collections is the family and estate records of the Earls of Lonsdale, dating from the 12th century.

Whether you wish to learn more about the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, research your family history or discover more about a local area, you will find the resources held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you require assistance.

Contact Information for Carlisle Archive Centre


Carlisle Archive Centre
Lady Gillford's House
Petteril Bank Road

Telephone Number

01228 227284 


Collections and Opening Hours

For further information regarding their location, opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page.  Collections held by the Office include:

  • 1841-1901 Census Returns for Cumberland
  • 1881 Census Transcript and Index to Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man
  • Family papers
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index) for the Northern counties
  • Newspapers
  • Official Records
  • Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Parish Registers
  • Photographs
  • Probate Records 1564-1941
  • School Registers
  • Solicitors' Records
  • Trade Directories

The Archive also has an online catalogue.

Location and Directions

Free parking is available at the Archive.  The nearest mainline railway station to the Archive is Carlisle, but it is 2 miles away.  Buses 60 and 60A from Carleton Clinic to Sandsfield Park stop near the Archive at Holmacres Drive.  Buses 61 and 61A from Harraby to Morton Park, and Bus 104 from Carlisle, stop near the railway station.  Bus 68 from Upperby to Belle Vue stops at Boundary Road.

Taxis operate from outside the railway station, with the approximate fare to the Archive Centre costing £5.


Use of a digital camera is permitted, but there is a charge for using this service. You are not allowed to take photographs of some documents because they are fragile and easily damaged.  Use of flash is not permitted and a copyright declaration form must be filled out.


Four computers are publicly accessible and provide access to some useful websites which include CASCAT, their online catalogue.


The building is fully accessible, with wheelchair access to all areas.  It also has a hearing loop.


A refreshment area is accessible in the Archive, where you are welcome to eat your own food.  A drinks machine is also available in this area.

Research Service

A research service is offered to anyone who is unable to visit in person.

Readers' Tickets

The Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

For further information regarding Record Offices covering the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, now called Cumbria, please visit my pages regarding Kendal Archives and Whitehaven Archives.

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