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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. 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.

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.

Make sure to visit Penrith Castle and immerce yourself its impressive history. In 1399, William Strickland, added a stone wall to the pele tower as a defence against the Scottish raids. The castle was added to over the next 70 years, eventually becoming the royal fortress of the Duke of Gloucester in 1483 before he became King Richard III.

There are also a series of interesting themed trails around Penrith town centre, including the Richard III trial which looks at the town's associations with the man himself.

Eden Valley
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Penrith
Penrith

Penrith & Surrounding Area

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.

Book Your Stay

 
Guest Room 1 Double

Ullswater House

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £50-£55 pppnb, £120-£130 prpnb

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £80-£380 prpnb

Talbot House

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Self-catering with 2 units, £368-£695 pupw sleeps 2-5

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Self-catering with 3 units, £550-£625 pupw sleeps 1-6

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

Inn with 11 rooms, £100-£180 prpnb

Askham Hall and Gardens

Askham Hall

Guest Accommodation with 18 rooms, £150-£320 prpnb

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

Hotel with 84 rooms, £65 pppn

Harrison House

Harrison House

Self-catering with 1 unit, £78-£135 pupn sleeps 2-6

Whitrigg House

Whitrigg House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £65-£120 prpnb

Kitchen, West Barn

Salutation Yard

Self-catering with 3 units, £355-£638 pupw sleeps 1-7

Another Place, The Lake

Another Place, The Lake

Hotel with 40 rooms, £285-£350 pppnb, £170-£390 prpnb

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £89 pppnb, £107-£163 prpnb

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £26-£51 pppnb

Swallow's Nest at Low Dyke Self Catering Cottages

Swallow's Nest

Self-catering with 1 unit, £290-£610 pupw sleeps 1-4

Lady of the Lake

Waterfoot Park

Self-catering with 9 units, £385-£1110 pupw sleeps 1-8

The Quiet Site Glamping Pods

The Quiet Site Glamping

Glamping with 28 units, £40-£999 pupn sleeps 2-6

Udford House

Edenhall Estate

Self-catering with 5 units, £1990 pupw sleeps 1-14

Country Lodge and Courtyard

Land Ends Cabins & Country Lodge

Self-catering with 5 units, £250-£42000 pupw sleeps 1-17

Quiet Site Caravan Park

The Quiet Site Holiday Park

Touring Park with 90 pitches, £15-£100 ptpn

Ullswater Caravan Camping & Marine Park

Ullswater Holiday Park

Touring & Camping Park with 160 pitches, £14 ptpn

Waterfoot Caravan Park

Waterfoot Park

Holiday & Touring Park with 34 pitches, £28 ptpn

Hillcroft Holiday Park

Hillcroft Holiday Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 56 pitches, £16 ptpn

Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge

Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge

Inn with 17 rooms

Things to do

Middle Eden/Pennines End

Middle Eden/Pennines End

Just to the southeast of the Carlisle area, the Middle River Eden gorges lie at the heart of this glacial sculptured, dry stone walled, sandstone cottage, sleepy traditional Cumbrian Village landscape.

Flanked by The Lake District National Park to the West and The Pennines to the East this area of natural beauty and quiet country lanes is one of Cumbria's hidden Gems.

Simmerson Hill high above Castle Carrock and The Kings Forest marks a spectacular end to the Pennine Chain, with views eastwards towards Hexham and Newcastle, Northwards to Hadrian's Wall, Border Reiver (the Debatable Lands) and Scotland, and Westward to the Solway Firth, The Isle of Man and The Lake District.

Middle Eden/Pennines End
The Settle & Carlisle scenic railway runs through the area and stops at Armathwaite and Lazonby giving access to this diverse landscape.

The Tour of Britain cycle route and ancient Scottish cattle droving lanes and paths criss cross the area, while grouse fells, salmon & trout fishing, horse ridding and country pursuits can be enjoyed by visitors throughout Middle Eden.

Places to stay

Find your perfect place to stay in this beautiful part of Eden...

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

3 nights for the price of 2 - Bank House, 4 nights for the price of 3 - Bank House

A beautiful period house with a large terraced garden giving fabulous views to the Lakeland fells. A special place to stay with a warm and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a superb breakfast.

Harrison House

Harrison House

Beautifully converted 18th Century barn. Three double bedrooms, walled garden, stunning fell views, private terraces, access to sauna.

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

The Roundthorn is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion is set in its own landscaped grounds and enjoys panoramic views of the Eden Valley, the Pennines and Lakeland Fells.

Udford House

Edenhall Estate

Join us at Edenhall Estate, a world of tranquillity and adventure right between The Lake District National Park and the drama of the Pennine Fells.

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

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.

Kitchen, West Barn

Salutation Yard

Salutation Yard is a tranquil haven comprising of 3 beautifully converted farm buildings nestled in the Eden Valley village of Skelton. It is a 2 minute walk to an Inn serving food and a 10 minute drive to the Lake District National Park.

Oak Cottage Living Room

Tottergill Farm

The award winning Tottergill Farm is a range of exclusive holiday cottages set in the tranquil Cumbrian countryside. Offering cosy wood-burning stoves, relaxing hot-tubs and breath-taking views.Tottergill Farm is a dog-friendly property.

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Barn Cottage is 17thC barn conversion with great character with lots of exposed beams and stonework. Cedrus Lodge is a unique design eco-lodge. Both properties are set within the grounds of Upfront Gallery.

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

The George and Dragonis a beautifully restored 18thC coaching inn situated in a quiet village near Penrith. The restaurant and pub serves fresh, seasonal produce from the owners family estate as well as a range of excellent wines and ales.

Swallow's Nest at Low Dyke Self Catering Cottages

Swallow's Nest

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.

Whitrigg House

Whitrigg House

Cumbria Tourism B&B of the year 2016, Cumbria Tourism ‘Superior’ Award, Visit England 4 Star Gold & Breakfast award. A grade 2 listed property, beautifully decorated & furnished sits on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park.

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There are a variety of events taking place in Penrith and the surrounding areas over the year. Why dont you check out the calendar and see what's on while you're here?

For events happening around the county, click below for our What's On page.

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Surrounding Areas

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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