Carlisle United – Brunton Park

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brunton park carlisleBrunton Park has a capacity of just under 17,000, with a mixture of terracing and seating. The Warwick Road End, at the South end of the ground, is the most distinctive “stand.” Although currently called the “Unison Stand” due to a sponsorship deal, it is still passionately known as “The Warwick” to most Carlisle fans. It is terraced and houses the most vocal supporters.

The “Cumberland Building Society Stand,” at the East side is a single-tiered, covered all-seater stand. Though constructed several years ago, its interior was never completed, with spaces remaining at the top for executive boxes. The stand runs some 20 yards past the goal line at the North end as plans were originally to move the pitch northwards to allow for a new stand at the South end.

The West side is an old, partly-covered Main Stand, which has seating at the back and a terraced paddock to the front. The central part of this stand was built in 1954 and the wings added later. The Petterill End is a small open terrace on the North side of the ground.

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How to get to Brunton Park

By Road:
brunton park directionsBrunton Park situated in Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LL.

The ground is one of the easiest for motorists to find. Away fans arriving from both North and South should exit the M6 at junction 43, joining the A69 towards Carlisle. Brunton Park is located on the right, after about a mile.


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By Rail:
carlisle train stationCarlisle’s Citadel station is about a mile from the ground. On exiting the station, walk the short distance around The Crescent until reaching Warwick Road. After about 20 minutes, the old Main Stand and the roofs of the Warwick Road End become visible. There are directions to the away turnstiles above the Carlisle United club shop. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newcastle, some 50 miles away. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Carlisle that can take you to and from Brunton Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Carlisle Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

carlisle fc parkingExcellent car parking facilities are available at Brunton Park. The club car park can be accessed by driving past the ground, taking the first right into Victoria Place, then first right again into St Aidan’s Road. Alternatively, ample street parking is available, within easy walking distance of the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near Brunton Park

pubs near brunton park stadiumThe nearest pubs to Brunton Park, the Beehive and the White House, do not admit away fans. Several visiting fans have recommended Carlisle Rugby Club, close to the ground, which is happy to admit away supporters on match days.

The Howard Arms, on Lowther Street (off Warwick Road towards the town centre) has also received favourable reports. Stoneyholme Golf Club can be accessed from the rear of the main car park. It has a bar, serves excellent food and welcomes visiting fans on match days. Drivers leaving the M6 at Junction 43 and taking the A69 towards Carlisle will pass a Toby pub and carvery.

Hotels near Brunton Park

ibis carlisleThe Ibis Carlisle (pictured left), Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RP is located in the centre of the city, near Carlisle Citadel railway station and the Brunton Park ground. This modern hotel offers free parking and good quality air-conditioned rooms at great value prices.
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The nearby County Hotel (right), 9 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1QP is a famous listed building in the heart of the city centre, close to shops, bars and restaurants. Whilst retaining the decor and atmosphere of the splendid Georgian era, the County hotel has every modern amenity.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Brunton Park?

away fans carlisleThe facilities and the view of the playing area from the away section of the East Stand are generally reported as very good.

However, if only part of the Cumberland Building Society Stand is allocated to away fans, they are only separated from the home supporters by fabric spread across several rows of seats. While several fans thought this helped to produce a lively atmosphere, many found it intimidating. Visiting fans report being unimpressed by the Petterill End terrace which is open to the elements.

Your comments about Carlisle United – Brunton Park


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  1. Shawn mackay

    Took the long trip up for a Tuesday night game in December. The club don’t let away fans in the petterill stand unless there is a huge following which we didn’t have. The stewards are very relaxed and don’t mind standing in the seating area given. The food is nice and quick. The only down side was the poor attendance ( around 3000) and the lack of atmosphere in the ground


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  3. Craig Chadwick

    Despite a few visits over a short period of time (mostly wins) I find this ground one of the worst to visit. Smaller aways followings will no doubt be stuck in the open away end which adds to the lack of atmosphere. When ever I have visited Leeds tend to get this section a several sections of seats which seem to begin about 80 miles before you actually get to the corner flag , probably due to the pitch being moved at some point in the past. Some of the locals seem friendly enough & then you have the morons out in force who think we all still like to go to fotball to fight. (probaly due to past reputations) The club or local police would not appear geared up for large away followings & coordination was not a strong point on any of my visits.
    We tended to call for a few pints in one of the small villages or towns before getting into Carlise which I would recommend, as there are some nice places within 10 miles or so.
    All in all not one to look forward to, odd old ground, very little atmosphere & some idiotic fans.


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  5. Stuart

    Carlisle is in all, a good day out. I have been once for an FA Cup tie, and it seemed an OK ground as you approach. The seating is quite steep (gladly Morecambe is only an hour south from Carlisle so we took a big following, so we got the seating area which was good as it was a terrible day – didnt fancy getting wet!!!) The stewards were relaxed about us standing up in the seats, the food was served quick and hot – pie was rather nice aswell. Average game only made good as we cambe from 2-0 down to get a reply with a minute to go. I would go again.

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