visit penrith, eamont bridge and clifton
places to visit in penrith
At our local produce Food Hall you will find the very best food and drink that Cumbria, renowned for the quality of its livestock farming and its thriving artisan food scene, has to offer.
25m 5 lane pool and 13m studio pool, gym fitness, fitness classes, sports hall, climbing wall, astro turf pitches, skate park, cafe, indoor bowling...all on offer!
With 10 fantastic shops, 3 tasty cafes, pottery painting, indoor & outdoor play, a giant cinema screen, plus 5 exhibitions a year in our Gallery, 4 TIC pods and lots of family events in the school holidays, there is plenty to do at Rheged.
Located at an important intersection of routes between Scotland and England and a cross-Pennines road, Penrith has reaped the benefits of good transport links for centuries. Today, with easy access from the M6, A66 and with a mainline railway service, the town is a perfect base for exploration of the dramatic northern Lakes, the beautiful Eden Valley and the rolling Pennine hills.
This distinctive red sandstone town, with its popular markets and abundance of specialist, family-run shops, has become the regional centre for trade, industry and services in the Eden Valley. Penrith is noted for its Toffee Shop (‘the best fudge in England'), Bluebell Bookshop (one of the largest independent booksellers in Cumbria) and James & John Graham (est. 1793) - a traditional food emporium in the heart of Penrith, among many other specialist shops.
The settlement of Eamont Bridge, clustered around the bridge over the River Eamont, developed at the point where several drovers' routes converged to cross the river (formerly the boundary between Cumberland and Westmorland. Further south is Clifton, a village steeped in history, from its pele tower at one end to the Rebel Tree at the other.
With no natural stream or river to supply water to the town, a ditch four miles long (6.4 km) was dug by hand from the River Petteril around 1400. This watercourse, known as Thacka Beck, flows under much of Penrith towards the River Eamont, but is visible behind the Tourist Information Centre. The townsfolk were allowed to take as much water from the Petteril ‘as would flow through the eye of a millstone'.
Percy Toplis, known as the ‘Monocled Mutineer', was a flamboyant soldier of the First World War, who supposedly led thousands of British troops against their superiors in the Étaples Mutiny of 1917, although this has never been documented. Once he had deserted from the army, he went on the run, committing a string of felonies including suspected murder, before he was hunted down and shot dead at Plumpton near Penrith in 1920. Penrith Museum has an interesting display on this infamous character, along with his monocle!
accommodation in penrith
Guest House with 5 rooms, £40-£85 prpnb, Penrith
Albany House is a spacious Victorian town house which retains many original features and is situated in an attractive location close to the town centre. Ideal for touring the Lakes, Eden Valley and Scottish borders. Cyclists welcome.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£520 pupw sleeps 4, Penrith
Visit England 4 Star Gold Award cottage just outside Penrith in the Eden Valley. Arranged "upside down" solid oak staircase leads to open-plan living area. Juliet balcony. Woodburning stove. Wi-Fi, towels and linen incl. Sleeps 4.
Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £75-£79 prpnb, Penrith
Lowther Barn B&B rooms provide modern comforts in a secluded rural location on the east side of Ullswater. 2 double ensuite roms with continental breakfast.
Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£45 pppnb, Penrith
A comfortable bed in a clean, fresh bedroom with en suite facilites, a good night's sleep in a quiet country guesthouse, a proper English breakfast with Cumberland sausages and home-made preserves are on offer in family-run house.
Guest House with 3 rooms, £62-£90 prpnb, Penrith
A refurbished Victorian school house built in 1866. Now offers 3 en suite rooms furnished to a high standard. We serve a hearty and extensive breakfast menu, with homemade bread and produce.
Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £70-£114 prpnb, Penrith
@EdenGate is a family run Victorian guest house offering bed & breakfast accommodation situated ¼ mile from Penrith town centre. Within the 19th century exterior you will find quality cornicing and many more original features.