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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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Appleby in Westmorland

Appleby-In-Westmorland

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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
Alston

Alston

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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

 
Talbot House

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

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

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £90-£420 prpnb

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

Inn with 11 rooms, £100-£180 prpnb

Guest Room 1 Double

Ullswater House

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

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Self-catering with 3 units, £525-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

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

The Quiet Site Glamping Pods

The Quiet Site Glamping

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

Riverain Coach House

Riverain Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £872-£1953 pupw sleeps 1-6

Wythburn Cottage

Wythburn Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £872-£11433 pupw sleeps 1-6

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £5346-£9204 pupw sleeps 1-24

Cazenovia Hall

Cazenovia Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1054-£2665 pupw sleeps 1-8

Elk Cottage

Elk Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £759-£1211 pupw sleeps 1-4

Glassonby Old Hall

Glassonby Old Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1054-£2665 pupw sleeps 1-8

Jenny's Croft

Jenny's Croft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £759-£1211 pupw sleeps 1-4

Kitchen, West Barn

Salutation Yard

Self-catering with 3 units, £364-£638 pupw sleeps 1-7

Widewath Barn

Widewath Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £75 pupn sleeps 2-6

Harrison House

Harrison House

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

Another Place, The Lake

Another Place, The Lake

Hotel with 40 rooms, £315-£350 pppnb, £200-£390 prpnb

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £89-£97 pppnb, £107-£159 prpnb

@EdenGate

Eden Gate Guest House

Guest House with 7 rooms, £80-£120 prpnb

The Mews @ Roundthorn

The Mews @ Roundthorn

Self-catering with 5 units, £140-£1000 pupn sleeps 1-4

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £30-£51 pppnb

High Winder Holiday Cottages

High Winder Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £300-£1060 pupw sleeps 1-8

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...

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.

Heads Nook Hall B&B

Heads Nook Hall B & B

Heads Nook Hall B&B offers a unique luxury Country Guest House experience, with a welcome as warm as the roaring open fires and just 7 miles from Carlisle, close to market town Brampton, is an ideal base for touring this beautiful region.

Cazenovia Hall

Cazenovia Hall

Historic, luxury restoration of sandstone barn into cottage with 4 ensuite bedrooms with private garden and parking. Log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ and dining room table which converts into billiards table. Four oven Aga and hob.

Kirkbride Hall

Kirkbride Hall

Traditional, luxury sandstone longhouse. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom. Log burner in living room, doors open onto large garden, Weber BBQ and garden furniture. Bosch appliances and American style fridge freezer in kitchen.

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.

Head Nook Hall Cottage

Heads Nook Hall Cottage

The Holiday Cottage. Modern fitted kitchen. Two bedrooms; 1 x king size and 1 x 2 singles. Luxury bathroom with shower, bath and bidet.

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.

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Traditional and superbly appointed sandstone farmhouse with 6 ensuite bedrooms. Stunning views and a walkers’ paradise, 2 log burning stoves, Aga, side by side fridge freezer in oak and granite kitchen. Private parking and garden with BBQ.

The Mews @ Roundthorn

The Mews @ Roundthorn

Luxury one and two bedroom Mews apartments set in the grounds of the Roundthorn Country House, overlooking the Eden Valley and Lakeland Fells. Guests are welcome to enjoy the use of the hotel facilities on site.

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

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.

Stag Cottage

Stag Cottage

Carefully restored 17th century sandstone barn within the grounds of Melmerby Hall. 3 ensuite double bedrooms, 1 on the ground floor. Log burning stove in inglenook fireplace and complimentary logs. Private parking and garden with Weber BBQ

Gill Beck Barn

Gill Beck Barn

Luxury restoration of sandstone barn into three ensuite bedroom accommodation (2 downstairs), open plan dining kitchen with 2 oven Aga and hob, log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ, private garden and parking. Walkers paradise.

Wythburn Cottage

Wythburn Cottage

Historic, sandstone converted barn within the grounds of Blencowe Hall. Sleeps 6 in 3 luxury ensuite bedrooms, open-plan kitchen, vaulted ceiling, views over private garden. Private parking, Weber BBQ and garden furniture.

Jenny's Croft

Jenny's Croft

Traditional, luxury sandstone cottage with 2 double ensuite bedrooms. Cast iron log burning stove in living room & open plan with dining room. Oak & granite kitchen and separate utility and cloakroom. Kitchen opens onto sunny patio with BBQ

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall accommodates 24 guests in 12 double bedrooms, 10 ensuite and 2 on the ground floor. It boasts superb views, has 2 log burning stoves, a 4 oven Aga, beautiful gardens, Weber BBQ's and private parking. Families and dogs welcome.

Elk Cottage

Elk Cottage

Traditional, luxury sandstone cottage with 2 double ensuite bedrooms. Cast iron log burning stove & leather armchairs in living room. Oak & granite kitchen and separate utility. Dining room leads to French doors onto lawned garden with BBQ

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.

Riverain Coach House

Riverain Cottage

Grade 2 listed former Carriage House set within Blencowe Hall's grounds. 3 double ensuite bedrooms, 1 downstairs. Open plan kitchen dining and log burning stove in sitting room with beautiful views. Private parking and garden with Weber BBQ

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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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