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Penrith

Located at an important intersection of routes between Scotland and England and a cross-Pennines road, the historic market town of Penrith has reaped the benefits of good transport links for centuries. With easy access from the M6, A66 and a mainline railway service, the town is a perfect base for exploration. The surrounding villages, the dramatic northern Lakes, the beautiful Eden Valley and the rolling Pennine hills are significant areas to explore whilst visiting this historic town.

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George and Dragon

George and Dragon

Inn with 11 rooms, £100-£170 prpnb

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £82-£97 pppnb, £99-£163 prpnb

Talbot Studio living room

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Self-catering with 2 units, £335-£632 pupw sleeps 2-5

The Limes Country Guest House

The Limes Country Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£45 pppnb

@EdenGate

EdenGate

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £70-£114 prpnb

Sunset House B&B

Sunset House B&B

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £90 prpn

Ullswater House

Ullswater House

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £45-£48 pppnb, £100-£110 prpnb

Coach House Cottage

Coach House Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £370-£440 pupw sleeps 1-2

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Self-catering with 3 units, £450-£600 pupw sleeps 1-6

Upfront Static Caravans

Upfront Static Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £250-£300 pupw sleeps 1-6

Andrew House

Andrew House Cottage & Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £365-£745 pupw sleeps 2-4

Elm House

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £46-£140 prpnb

Wydon Farm

Poppy, Lavender and Daisy Cottage

Self-catering with 3 units, £45-£680 pupw sleeps 1-5

Bank House Bed and Breakfast Room 4

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £26-£50 pppnb

Whitbarrow Hotel

Whitbarrow Hotel

Hotel with 28 rooms, £80-£158 prpnb

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

Hotel with 84 rooms, £75 pppn

Stafford House Guest House

Stafford House Guest House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £85-£110 prpnb

Bluebell Barn

Bluebell Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £420-£595 pupw sleeps 1-5

Harrison House

Harrison House

Self-catering with 1 unit, £510-£780 pupw sleeps 2-6

Whitrigg House

Whitrigg House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £60-£110 prpnb

Askham Hall and Gardens

Askham Hall

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £150-£320 prpnb

Caledonia Guest House

Caledonia Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £75-£110 prpnb

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Country House Hotel with 12 rooms, £145-£185 prpnb

Whitbarrow Farm

Whitbarrow Farm

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £40-£43 pppnb

Things to do

What's on

Surrounding Area

Kirkoswald town centre
Langwathby Village
Lazonby
Little Salkeld
Eamont Bridge

Culture and Heritage

Penrith Castle
Mayburgh Henge, Penrith
Brougham Castle
The existence of ancient sites at Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur's Round Table indicates prehistoric occupation of the area. The Romans identified the advantageous transport routes, building the fort of 'Voreda' about 6 miles north of Penrith, linked to another at Brougham Castle (Brocavum).
 
During the 9th and 10th centuries, Penrith was the capital of Cumbria (a semi-independent state that was part of the Strathclyde region of Scotland). In 1295 the town was seized by Edward I of England, and for the next 15 years, Penrith was subject to numerous border skirmishes between the Scots and the English. The castle and the narrow streets and passageways evident in the town today were deliberately built as defences against border raids.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester was given the Lordship of Penrith by his brother, Edward IV, and spent much time at Penrith Castle, adding a large banqueting hall, kitchens and other buildings.

Rowcliffe Lane, a street hardly noticed by people today, was once at the industrial heart of Penrith. Although only 8 feet wide in places, it was filled with tailors, coopers, saddlers, rope-makers and whitesmiths in the 17th century. Wagons and coaches would regularly travel up and down the narrow thoroughfare, and some signs of its industrial past are still evident today.

The Musgrave family owned Musgrave Hall on Middlegate (now occupied by the British Legion) - their coat of arms can be seen on the lintel over the doorway. A clock tower was erected in the centre of Penrith in memory of their eldest son, Philip, who died in Madrid in 1859 at the age of 26.

William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, attended school in St Andrew's Place, and it was here that he first met Mary Hutchinson, his future wife. Wordsworth's grandparents owned the Moot Hall where his mother died in 1778. The Moot Hall was demolished in the 1830s and replaced by Arnison's drapery shop.

Penrith Castle

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