Penrith is a bustling historic market town nestling in the Eden Valley and just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park and is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. Penrith offers a good mix of unique specialist shops offering local produce and crafts, traditional shops and arcades. With its distinctive red sandstone buildings, numerous ‘yards’ and alleyways to discover and many pleasant open spaces, Penrith remains a traditional market town.
The town has much to offer including a lovely walk through the wooded slopes of Beacon Hill to the Beacon "Pike" Monument, which was built in 1719 of local red sandstone. This rewards you with great views over the town and Lake District fells beyond.
The ruins of Penrith Castle opposite the railway station date back to the 14th century. It is set in an attractive public park where you can play tennis, bowls, crazy golf, pitch and putt or simply relax. There's also a children's playground.
Penrith Leisure Centre offers swimming pools, gym, an indoor climbing wall and bowls hall.
There is a local cinema in Penrith as well as a 3D cinema and range of facilities at Rheged, Europe’s largest underground building – located on the A66, just off the M6, junction 40.
When eating out in Penrith there are many excellent choices, ranging from inns & pubs with home cooking, restaurants with international cuisine, cafes and tea/coffee shops.
For more information please visit Penrith Tourist Information Centre.
For those looking to venture further afield Penrith is ideally placed to access the main Lake District towns and villages, including Keswick. Carlisle is a short trip up the M6 motorway providing access to Hadrian’s Wall country, the North Pennines, and the Scottish Borders.