Established by Carlisle Corporation in 1893, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. The museum underwent a major redevelopment in 1990, involving expansion within existing buildings and the construction of a new wing housing the new Border galleries, an Art Gallery, and shop, lecture theatre and restaurant spaces. Since this redevelopment, the City''s Arts Unit has been an integral element of the service, extending its activities district-wide. In 2001 an underground gallery was developed as part of a Millennium Commission Award which showcases both Carlisle and the museum''s collections.
Carlisle''s medieval Guildhall is managed as a small branch museum, dealing with Guild and medieval history. Both Tullie House and the Guildhall are Registered Museums.
By car or coach enter the city following the M symbol until this brings you to Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Take the exit signed A595 Workington. Keeping in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, drive past Tullie House.
Go 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.