Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. A historic crossroads, set in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestled between two beautiful lakeside locations. One way to the Lake District; the other to the North Pennines. This attractive town is the social hub of the valley with a good mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades.
Take a stroll down the cobbled lanes and uncover a rich history in the ruins of Penrith Castle. It’s construction begun in 1399, when William Strickland, later to become the Bishop of Carlisle, added a stone wall to an earlier pele tower. The castle was maintained and added to over the next 70 years, becoming a fortress for Richard, Duke of Gloucester. This imposing structure can be admired today in the pleasant surroundings of Castle Park, on the southern edge of Penrith.
Other popular attractions include the Rheged Centre which boasts a six storey high cinema screen, the biggest 3D cinema screen in the northwest, taking visitors on a dramatic journey back through 2,000 years of Cumbria’s history. The Rheged also offers a multitude of shops and cafés and holds spectacular art and craft activities during the school holidays. Free entry and free parking.
Just outside Penrith in Ullswater is the beautiful waterfall of Aira Force. The area offers both peaceful lakeside strolls and challenging walks which provide spectacular views; great for a family outing and picnic.
Despite being roughly 35 miles away, Penrith is well worth visiting and just under an hour away in the car from the Windermere Suites