Tuille House Museum and Art Gallery
Tuille House Museum and Art Gallery, voted the Visitor Attraction of the Year in the North West of England, offers a great day out for all the family. Its extensive collections cover fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences and the museum offers a varied events and exhibitions programme. Tuille House is located in Castle Street, Carisle.
The Border Galleries which is situated on the First Floor, cover all aspects of Carlisle and Border history, ranging from Prehistoric to recent times, and the natural history of the area, from geology to local wildlife. Temporary exhibitions are held in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the same floor. At the gallery entrance visitors can also visit the Rotunda Viewing Platform for fine views of Carlisle Castle and across the city.
The underground Millenium Gallery celebrates the uniqueness of the city of Carlisle and its museum collections and houses exhibits on archaeology, the arts and the interesting 'Carlisle Wall'.
The Tuille House Art Gallery is one of the largest and most attractive contemporary art galleries in the north of England, the exhibition space was provided as part of the £5 million redevelopment of the whole museum complex in 1989.
The new Carlisle Life Gallery is a complete transformation of the museum's Social History Gallery, and takes a fresh look and a new approach to the Carlisle area's recent past, with the emphasis on people and their stories.
Old Tuille House, once the original site of the museum, is a fine building set in attractive Roman and Jacobean style gardens, which dates to the Jacobean period, it now displays items that are mainly from the museum's Fine & Decorative Arts collections, including a number of nationally important Pre-Raphaelite works.
Entering Carlisle following the M symbol until reaching Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Take the exit signed A595 Workington. Keeping in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, drive past Tullie House. Proceed straight on at the traffic lights. When you reach the roundabout at McVities factory double back on yourself and drive back along the other side of the dual carriageway keeping in the inside lane. Go straight across at the traffic lights and turn left at the sign for Devonshire Walk car park. Tullie House can be reached by using either the footbridge or the underground walkway situated just in front of the Castle.