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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
Appleby in Westmorland
Appleby in Westmorland


The ancient market town and royal borough of Appleby, in the heart of the Eden Valley, is the focal point for many outlying villages and hamlets.
Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen & Brough

A landscape rich in myths and legends, in prehistoric settlements and burial mounds, strategic Roman forts and defensive Norman castles.


Alston is the highest market town in England and sits at the junction of several Trans-Pennine routes. Surrounding the town is Alston Moor, a beautiful and diverse area known for its rare alpine flora and moorland birds.

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

Lady of the Lake

Waterfoot Park

Self-catering with 9 units, £248-£1110 pupw sleeps 1-8

Ullswater House

Ullswater House

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

Talbot Studio living room

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Self-catering with 2 units, £335-£695 pupw sleeps 2-5



Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £70-£120 prpnb

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Self-catering with 3 units, £460-£630 pupw sleeps 1-6

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £46-£380 prpnb

Askham Hall and Gardens

Askham Hall

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

Wydon Farm

Poppy, Lavender and Daisy Cottage

Self-catering with 3 units, £320-£57500 pupw sleeps 1-5

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

Hotel with 84 rooms, £75 pppn

Kitchen, West Barn

Salutation Yard

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

Harrison House

Harrison House

Self-catering with 1 unit, £90-£135 pupn sleeps 2-6

Whitrigg House

Whitrigg House

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

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Country House Hotel with 12 rooms, £180-£220 prpn, £150-£170 prpnb

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

Inn with 11 rooms, £100-£170 prpnb

Whitbarrow Main Entrance

Whitbarrow Hotel

Hotel with 27 rooms, £80-£158 prpnb

Brackenrigg Inn - outside view

Brackenrigg Inn

Inn with 17 rooms, £35-£45 pppnb, £80-£105 prpnb

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £87-£97 pppnb, £99-£163 prpnb

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £34-£49 pppnb

The Old School - Red Room

The Old School Guest House

Guest House with 3 rooms, £33-£50 pppnb, £0-£565 prpnb

The Lazonby Estate

Sampson's Cave

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1075-£2100 pupw sleeps 2-12

Swallow's Nest at Low Dyke Self Catering Cottages

Swallow's Nest

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£590 pupw sleeps 1-4

Ivy & Watermillock Cottages

Ivy & Watermillock Cottages

Self-catering with 2 units, £540-£1500 pupw sleeps 2-9

Quiet Site Caravan Park

The Quiet Site Holiday Park

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

Country Lodge and Courtyard

Land Ends Cabins & Country Lodge

Self-catering with 5 units, £250-£3300 pupw sleeps 1-17

Things to do

What's on

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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.


Surrounding Areas

Kirkoswald town centre
Langwathby Village
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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