Discover Carlisle’s Very Own Aladdin’s Cave

By Danielle Murphy

Nestled in the beautiful 12th century grounds of the Cathedral gardens, Cathedral Lodge Antiques offers a huge selection of treasures and trinkets to keep the magpie within us all at bay.

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Whether you are completely transforming your home or feel like treating yourself to something small, Cathedral Lodge Antiques has just what you need (or want). The beautiful little shop opened in November of last year and has since been offering people the opportunity to purchase unique, sometimes rare and always beautiful items.

From the variety of furniture for the home, to jewellery to make you stand out, they have everything.

Jen Nichol, co-owner of the quaint shop, said: “Since we opened it’s been really nice seeing the mix of people coming in, there really is something to spark everyone’s interest. We have such a massive variety.”

The shop really is a gem. Located at the entrance to Carlisle Cathedral, the building has stood in the grounds since 1890, it boasts a fairy-tale atmosphere and once inside this is more apparent. Even some of the stock can make you feel as though you are in a storybook.  Whether it’s the elegance of the grandfather clocks or the sparkle reflecting from the opal & diamond jewellery.

As well as selling fantastic items, Cathedral Lodge Antiques also buy items from the public. Whether that’s jewellery, (damaged or not) old ornaments or a piece of memorabilia; they will take a look, value, purchase, or just give you advice on your items.

Jen’s husband Martin has been in the antique business for years. It began as a hobby, soon becoming an interest that the couple share a passion for.

Jen said: “Martin has a wide knowledge in the field of Antiques, which is great because it means we can give customers a lot of information about the items we sell.”

You don’t need to be a collector or an enthusiast to enjoy the experience of visiting this beautiful shop, everyone is welcome to come along and browse. Your treasure is waiting for you.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm

For more information, contact Jen (07564707723) or Martyn (07770834546). Find them on Facebook at

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