visit penrith, eamont bridge and clifton
places to visit in penrith
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.
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!
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
Self-catering with 1 unit, £540-£995 pupw sleeps 8-9, Ullswater
The barn is well equipped and offers quality spacious accommodation for 8 people. Stainton is a quiet village on the edge of the Lake District, only 5 minutes' drive from Ullswater and offering easy accessibility to the rest of Cumbria.
Hotel with 84 rooms, £70-£80 pppn, Penrith
Take a warm Cumbrian welcome, a team of people who love to look after you and fantastic facilities, a perfect combination at any time of the year. Public areas are spacious with log fires and deep, comfy sofas throughout.
Self-catering with 4 units, £121-£570 pupw sleeps 2-5, Penrith
Award-winning accommodation in quiet courtyard setting. Village location with pub/restaurant 3 miles from Ullswater
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.
Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £50-£105 prpnb, Penrith
Distinguished late 18th Century Grade II listed three bedroomed house in the historic village of Clifton on the Northern edges of the Lake District National Park.
Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £45 pppnb, Penrith
A converted Lakeland Bank Barn built in the 1700s from local stone with open oak beams. Set in the peaceful village of Catterlen, just off J41 M6, The Ginney is the ideal location to explore The Lake District, Eden Valley or Hadrians Wall.
events in penrith
Sat 25 Apr - Sun 28 Jun 2015
Sun 28 Jun 2015