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  • North Lakes Hotel & Spa
    Ullswater Road,
    Penrith,
    Cumbria,
    CA11 8QT
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Local Area

Inspiring natural scenery close by, local history and legends in and around Penrith there’s plenty to discover. Head to the Lake District National Park now a World Heritage Site to escape on walks, explore the market town bustle or head to any of the castles that command the area. Enjoy the change of pace and explore some of our favourite places and best things to do.

Penrith Castle

Penrith Castle

Visit the ruins of this once imposing castle - built at the end of the 14th century by Ralph Neville. It’s also known as the ‘Castle of the Kings’. It’s a great site to see with the castle walls surviving in their full height. Walk across the castle’s moat on the wooden footbridge and enter into Penrith history. English Heritage maintains the castle.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamers

One of the most iconic Lake District attraction and with over 150 years of operating cruises on Ullswater it’s something not to miss out on. Working one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world the Ullswater Steamer company runs regular routes around the 8-mile serpentine course. Be ready for incredible vistas and stunning landscapes. Stops include; Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding.

Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle

Explore the historical site of Lowther Castle and uncover the stories from it being built at the turn of the 19th century and then demolished in 1957. Only the facade and outer walls remain. With extensive gardens and grounds, there’s plenty to for the whole family to enjoy. Discover the orchard, rose garden, pond, the lost castle playground. Head to the café for a well earnt rest. Parking is free.

Rheged Centre

Rheged Centre

The grass-roofed Lakeland heritage centre and gallery in a former quarry with a huge 3D cinema screen is a place to head to for the arts. Their programme includes everything from children’s theatre and craft to opera, ballet and theatre streamed live. It’s also an excellent place for the kids with an outdoor play area and cinema designed for 3D movies.

Penrith

Penrith

Penrith’s traditional town square is full of independent shops as well as the Penrith Clocktower in the centre of the square; a great historical feature of the town. Don’t forget to visit St Andrew’s Church and the Penrith Museum which are great stop-offs. You’ll find all the sites are close by to the centre.

Aira Force

Aira Force

Take in the magical Aira Force, which is one of the best sites around Ullswater. Admire the sheer size of the 65-foot waterfall. If you're super lucky, you might catch a glimmer of the elusive Aira Rainbow! A location where beauty and power collide. There’s also a network of trails from Ullswater's lakeshore to Gowbarrow summit that are worth exploring.

Brougham Castle

Brougham 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. 

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way

A 20-mile walking loop around Ullswater that can be walked in either direction and from any starting point. Plan for a full walking day out as there’s plenty of on route stop-offs, sights and a generous amount of resting place to take in the impressive views. Be prepared with walking boots and all the necessary equipment for a successful walk. It's definitely the jewel in the crown route.