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🚘 Away Day Guide: Carlisle United

All you need to know about Saturday's trip

16 August 2023

Club News

🚘 Away Day Guide: Carlisle United

All you need to know about Saturday's trip

16 August 2023

The Grecians make their longest trip of the season on Saturday to face Carlisle United in a 3pm kick-off in EFL Sky Bet League One.

One of the incredible heroes making the mammoth trip? Check out all you need to know:

Match Tickets

Tickets are on sale for our trip to Carlisle United on Saturday, August 19, 3pm.

We have been allocated 500 tickets in the Pioneer Foods Stand at Brunton Park, with the prices as follows:

(£ advance/£ match day)

  • Adult: £23/£26
  • Senior 65+: £20/£23
  • 18-22: £17/£20
  • 14-17: £12/£13
  • 11-13*: £12/£13
  • Family 11-17*: £10/£11
  • Under 11*: £9/£10
  • Under 7*: £5/£6
  • Carer: FOC
  • Wheelchair: £20/£23

*Juniors U14, U11 and U7 must be purchased with an adult, senior, young person or junior U18.

* Family Junior - you can buy max. two FJ tickets for every one adult ticket or a max. one FJ ticket for every one senior. 

How to Buy

Tickets are available via your online ticketing account or in the club shop.


The Kit

We will be wearing our home red and white kit for this fixture!

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The Stadium

  • Name: Brunton Park
  • Capacity: 17,949
  • Year opened: 1909
  • Address: Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1LL

Brunton Park is the largest stadium in England that is not all-seater, where three of the sides are free standing terraces. Opened in 1909 to replace the old Devonshire Park, the grounds record attendance of 27,500 came in 1957 in an FA Cup tie vs Birmingham City.

The ground has had some disasters over the years. In 1953 the original main stand burnt down in an electrical fire, and the club sold Geoff Twentyman to Liverpool to fund the renovations.


In 2005, Carlisle’s three rivers burst their banks creating a stadium sized lake. For the next six weeks The Blues were forced to travel to 70 miles to Morecambe to play their home games. The ground would flood again in 2009 and 2015.

Carlisle have been planning a move away from Brunton Park into a new 12,000 all seater stadium since 2011, but the long-term stalemate meant that nothing has ever come to fruition.

Travel Guide

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Adams Park, however we are awaiting the details.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 6am for a fare of £55.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact Simon Carnall on email at:

By Road

From Exeter take the M5 north all the way up to the M6. Continue along the motorway to the north of the country before leaving the M6 motorway at J43 and take the exit signed Carlisle A69. The blue roof of the Pioneer Foods Stand can be seen on the right-hand side, almost as soon as you leave the roundabout. Keep going straight ahead along Warwick Road (A69) for one mile.

After passing through the third set of traffic lights the club shop (Blues Store) and statue of Hughie McIlmoyle on the right mark the main entrance to the ground for main stand ticket holders, directors, hospitality guests and reserved guest car parking only.

There is parking available for both home and away supporters. Follow the directions above and turn right immediately at the third set of traffic lights. Drive through the blue gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park on the right. Fans are charged £5 to park their car.

By Rail

Train travel from Exeter to Carlisle is tricky and takes around 7 hours with a couple changes. You would need to get the 05:49 from Exeter St Davids which gets in at 12:59pm.

It is approximately a one-mile walk from the station to Brunton Park.

There is no return train on the day that gets you back to Exeter, so an overnight stay is needed. 


Parking is available next to the away end via Warwick Road or St Aidan's Road. £5 cars, £15 minibus, £20 coach.

At the Stadium

Brunton Park is a no smoking stadium. Supporters may be searched prior to entering the stadium. In the event of any supporters being found with prohibited items in their possession, police will be alerted and an arrest may be actioned.


Food and Drink

In the away concourse situated in the Pioneer Stand Carlisel have a bar serving hot food and drinks, with cold beverages available to visiting supporters - until 15 minutes into the second half of the game.

Please note - payments are now cashless in the away areas of the stadium.

Carlisle also have local catering partners who are providing a range of quality foods and beverages for your enjoyment on the west side of the stadium, in the main car park, including two container bars, The Chippie Van, a burger outlet, Fellwater coffees and teas and Shake, Waffle and Roll.

You’ll find these facilities in the clearly identifiable Fan Zone – and you are most welcome to head there!

Please click here to download Carlisle's Away Fan Guide.

Matchday Programme

The club no longer produces a match day programme. Team sheets are available from sellers around the ground for £1, and are also available in the Blues Store. Golden Gamble tickets cost £1 for one, or £2 for three, and our sellers are situated around the stadium.

In the area

Local restaurants include Stonyholme Golf Course, which has access to and from the supporters' car park, and the Beehive which is opposite Brunton Park along Warwick Road. You can buy meals and drinks at both of these local businesses.

Warwick Road also hosts many other restaurants and places to buy food - including a Nando’s, Casa Romana Italian restaurant, Alexandros Greek restaurant, Claire’s Bakery, The Post Office, Lakeland Gate Inn, Toby Carvery and Tesco. All are within walking distance of Brunton Park.

Carlisle Rugby Club is a two-minute walk from Brunton Park and can be accessed from the main car park, via a footpath. They host home and away fans and serve drinks and a small selection of food.

Total Distance

The distance between St James Park and Carlisle United is 347 miles and would take around five hours and 30 minutes.

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