Penrith is a small market town in Cumbria, to the north-east of the Lake District.
- Penrith is located on the West Coast Mainline rail link. There are direct connections to London (3 h), Edinburgh (1 1/2 h) and Glasgow (2h).
- There are direct bus services from Penrith to London and Scotland, operated by National Express.
- There are local buses from Cockermouth via Keswick and Threlkeld in the northern Lake District every hour or two.
- Penrith is Situated on the M6 (junction 40) towards Birmingham, A66 from Workington to Grangetown and on the A6 from Luton to Carlisle.
The town can easily be explored on foot.
The town's appeal to visitors is somewhat limited to the many fine pubs, the supermarkets and the railway station. Penrith does however have some hidden historic gems, most imposingly, Penrith Castle.
Penrith CastleBuilding of the castle' began in 1399, when William Strickland (later Bishop of Carlisle and Archbishop of Canterbury) added a stone wall to an earlier pele tower, primarily as a defence against the then frequent raids from the Scottish borders. The castle was improved over the next 70 years, becoming a royal fortress for Richard, Duke of Gloucester before he became King Richard III in 1483. The ruins that can be seen today date from about that time. The striking sandstone remains are situated in Castle Park, opposite Penrith railway station.
St. Andrew's ChurchThe churchyard in the town contains the 'Giant's Thumb', a Norse cross dating from 920 AD erected as a memorial to his father by Owen Caesarius, King of Cumbria from 920 to 937 AD. There is a tradition that the 'Giant's Grave' is the grave of Owen himself. The four hogback stones surrounding the grave are said to represent wild boar he killed in nearby Inglewood Forest. The two Norse crosses are some 11 feet high. The tower dates from 1397, but the church was built in 1722 and has an interesting interior. The church cafe is open Mon - Fri 9:30AM - 2:00PM.
Penrith and Eden MuseumIn Robinson's School in Middlegate. The school closed in 1971 after a long history dating back to 1670 and is now a combined Tourist information centre and museum.
phone: +44 1768 862488address: Moor Lane, CA10 2AA
phone: +44 17683 61893address: Temple Sowerby, CA10 1SP
address: 6 - 7 Market Square, CA11 7BSIndependent grocer established in 1793, with an excellent selection of cheeses and home baking.
- There are three Supermarkets near the station - Morrisons and Booths in Brunswick Road and Aldi in Ullswater Road. Sainsbury's is on the opposite side of the town centre and the Penrith Co-op is in Burrowgate.
Agricultural HotelThe Castlegate, CA11 7JE. Bar meals and Jennings real ales in this hotel near the station.
The GeorgeIs in the town centre
The North Lakes Hotel and SpaIs a four star hotel on the edge of the town
Just outside the town is Brougham Castle, which is much better preserved than Penrith Castle which is situated alongside the earth-works of a Roman Fort. The site was later taken by the Norman family of Vieuxpont to build their castle, the ruins the stone keep, and service buildings can still be seen.
Ullswater, the Eden Valley and the Rheged Centre are all very nearby. The neighbouring towns are Keswick to the west, Appleby in Westmorland to the south east, and the city of Carlisle to the north.