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Penrith & Ullswater - Day 1

Market Town to Mere – The epitome of Cumbrian Life

Just off the West Coast Mainline, in the Eden Valley, nestles the very Cumbrian Market town of Penrith. Pair a stay here with a trip to the Ullswater Valley, where the mountains dip their toes into the lake, for a World Heritage Signature Experience.



Hop on the train and head to Penrith Station. There are regular direct trains here from London to Glasgow/Edinburgh, calling at Crewe, Warrington, Wigan, Preston and Lancaster, plus easy connections from Manchester and Birmingham. From the Station the short walk into Penrith is clearly waymarked. Don’t forget to have a quick nosy at Penrith Castle en-route. 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.


Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. Today it is very accessible by road, M6, A6 and A66, and rail. Penrith is a bustling market town, renowned for its wealth of specialist shops offering an interesting choice of goods and fine foods.



Penrith Castle was begun at the end of the 14th century by Ralph Neville, who played a key role in defending this area against the Scots.



Browse the range of quirky shops hiding down the town’s historical ginnels and alleys. 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.
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.
If you are feeling adventurous head to the bus station (stand 3) to get the regular X5 bus to Rheged Discovery Centre.

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Our cinema isn't like your average multiplex - hidden away in our centre is one massive screen the size of 6 double deckers! 4 amazing documentary films are shown at various times throughout the day and Saturdays there's a Kids Film Club.



Dockray Hall – Cumbria Tourism’s Pub of the Year 2018

Dockray Hall gives you a country pub experience in the centre of town. Once home to Richard III, this historic building dates back to the 15th Century.

The menus boast modern British cuisine made from fresh, local and seasonal produce, to ensure the best field to plate experience.

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