Penrith

Things to do in Penrith

Things to do in Penrith

Things to do in Penrith

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Penrith is an old market town situated in the Cumbria’s Eden Valley, North West England.

Its located at a major road intersection, i.e. that of the north-south M6 motorway, and the east-west cross-Pennines A66 trunk road. It also lies between the River Eamont and the River Petteril, in an area of undulating countryside. Penrith also lies just 3 miles (5 km) outside the boundaries of the UK’s biggest National Park, the Lake District.

It’s probably best known for its large 14th-century Castle and the Beacon Monument, set on Beacon Hill that overlooks the town from the north. If you would like to know more generally about this beautiful town, please visit our Penrith Town Guide. This is a guide to the great things to do in Penrith.

Brief history of Penrith

Penrith has a deep, rich history, which can be traced back to the Romans. After the initial conquest of Britain, in 43AD and established themselves. The Roman Road from Manchester to Carlisle passed through what is now Penrith. The Romans had such an interest in the area that multiple structures were built, however main settlements appear to be further to the north.

The Penrith area is thought to be located within the Kingdom of Rheged, that was established after the Romans had left the area a Kingdom that was made up of a portion of Northern England and Sothern Scotland. The establishment of the Kingdom of  Rheged is thought to date back to between the 5th and 7th century.

In the 11th Century, the Cumbria area became under the reign of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, which was then absorbed by Scotland. William II reestablished the area into England. Due to the tension with the scots multiple strongholds were build to help defend against an invasion of the scots.

Due to this rich history of constant changing of inhabitants has left the area with a multitude of iconic monuments, castles and henges to absorb the amazing story of the areas, walks, Gardens and Castles.

Visit Penrith

If you like the outdoors, then Penrith is right up your street as it has some of the most beautiful places to visit where you can walk a take in nature and the history of Penrith. As part of our Business Directory for Penrith, we have created some of the best things to do in Penrith.

The area is well served by the English Heritage and to see a list of all the properties they manage; please click here. You can also see a list of products in their Shop.

 

Things to do in Penrith - English Heritage

 

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Penrith Castle

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Castle Terrace, Penrith CA11 7EA, England
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Brougham Castle

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Moor Lane, Penrith CA10 2AA, England
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Hutton in the Forest

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Penrith CA11 9TH, England
Opening Times: Sunday – Friday: 1pm – 4pm
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Lowther castle in Penrith

Lowther Castle

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Lowther Castle & Gardens, Lowther, Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Short Business Description: Lowther Castle is situated on the outskirts of Penrith
Business Website Address: https://lowthercastle.org/
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Aira Force

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near Watermillock,, Penrith CA11 0JS, England
Short Business Description: Aira Force is run by the national trust and is an excellent place to walk in Penrith
Opening Times: for walks - Dawn to Dusk, Tea Room & Shop 10:00 - 17:00
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County: Cumbria
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Dalemain Mansion and Historic gardens located just outside of Penrith

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

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Estate Office , Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB, England
Opening Times: Open 11am – 4pm, Sunday – Friday
Business Website Address: https://www.dalemain.com/
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King Arthur’s Round Table

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Eamont Bridge, Penrith CA10 2BX, England
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Mayburgh Henge

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Eamont Bridge, Penrith CA10 2BY, England
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Thacka Beck Nature Reserve

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Thacka Beck Nature Reserve, off Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith CA11 9BQ, England
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Shap Abbey

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Shap, Penrith CA10 3NB, England
Short Business Description: Shap Abbey was one of 32 religious houses in Britain of the Premonstratensian order of canons
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Clifton hall locted near Penrith

Clifton Hall

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Clifton Village, Penrith CA10 2EA, England
Short Business Description: The sole surviving part of the manor house of the Wybergh family.
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Countess Pillar

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Brougham Castle Enterance, Penrith CA10 2AB, England
Short Business Description: The Countess Pillar is a monument erected in 1656 by Lady Anne Clifford
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County: Cumbria
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