The town of Penrith sits in Eden Valley, Cumbria, in the north west of England. Formerly the Cumbrian capital, Penrith lies just outside the popular Lake District National Park, so you’ll be near inspiring natural scenery and also be able to immerse yourself in the interesting local history and legends. In 2017 the Lake District was named as a World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon.
The main attraction is the set of ruins of Penrith Castle. The building of the castle began in the 14th century by Ralph Neville. The location for the castle is thought to have been chosen for the ditches and banks that could help provide defensive functions for the castle.
A little more than a mile and a half from Penrith Castle is Brougham Castle, which was residence to Edward I in 1300. Unique features of the castle include a double gatehouse and the Tower of League, where important guests would stay. The castle is located by the River Eamont, making it a nice spot for a family picnic.
Twenty minutes north of Penrith is the massive stone circle Long Meg and Her Daughters. This massive Bronze Age circle is the place to be if you have an interest in legends and tales of folklore. Legend has it that a wizard turned Long Meg and her daughters — who were a coven of witches — to stone while they were holding a Sabbath.
If you like to squeeze in a round of golf on your holidays, pack your clubs and irons and head for Penrith Golf Club. The 18-hole course gives you plenty of green to get your swing going.
Explore the beauty of the Lake District. Staying in Penrith means you’re only 20 minutes away by car from beautiful Ullswater, the second largest lake in England. Drop into our little sister, the Crown Inn, for coffee and cake or something stronger.
Our proximity to the Lake District creates fantastic opportunities to hike up Helvellyn, too. You can take the rockier Striding Edge or Swirral Edge routes and scramble up there, or start off in Thirlmere, which is 30 minutes away from Penrith, and embark upon an easier hike.