Things to do in Penrith
A charming town with handsome red-brick architecture, Penrith lies just outside the borders of the Lake District and serves as the primary gateway to the enchanting Eden Valley.
With excellent road and rail connections, it's effortlessly accessible, making it a great place to visit if you’re a guest at our Haven Lakeland Leisure Park. Penrith is steeped in Cumbrian culture, offering a wealth of attractions for history enthusiasts alongside other activities such as water sports and walking. Here’s a list of our top things to do in Penrith for a memorable trip.
Address: Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0JH
Ullswater, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the Lake District, is just a short drive from Penrith. Explore this serene body of crystalline water by embarking on a leisurely cruise on a heritage steamer or renting a kayak or paddleboard. For avid hikers, Ullswater's surrounding fells provide excellent trails suitable for all levels of adventurer.
Gaze upon the majestic Helvellyn mountain range that frames the lake with its peaks, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
Address: Moor Ln, Penrith CA10 2AA
Just a short drive from Penrith, a fantastic Cumbrian castle awaits. This remarkably well-preserved medieval stronghold sits gracefully on the banks of the River Eamont. As you explore its complex of passages and spiral stairways, imagine the stories of knights and royalty that once unfolded within its walls.
The scenic backdrop adds to the allure, providing ample photo opportunities and an ideal picnic setting for a family day out.
Address: Ullswater Rd, Penrith CA11 7EG
Penrith Castle, dating back to the 14th century, remains as a testament to the region's rich history. Although some of the castle lies in ruins today, the walls still stand to their full height in a public park. The site offers an intriguing glimpse into the past having been transformed into a luxurious residence by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who would become the enigmatic Richard III.
Join a guided tour to unravel its secrets and ascend the tower for sweeping views of the town and its picturesque surroundings. Don't forget your camera to capture the ancient atmosphere.
Address: Penrith CA10 1NB
Get away from the town and venture into the tranquil Eden Valley, known for its rolling hills and the picturesque meandering River Eden. This lesser-explored region with the Pennines to the east and the Lake District Fells to the west, offers a variety of hiking trails catering to different fitness levels.
Immerse yourself in the soothing countryside scenery and relish the peaceful serenity of this hidden gem.
Penrith and Eden Museum
Address: Robinson's School, 42 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT
Housed in what was once a school for underprivileged girls, this small but captivating museum delves into the realms of geography and snippets of social history. Within its walls, you'll discover a treasure trove of archaeological artefacts. Vintage photographs provide a window into the region's captivating history.
Of notable interest is the exhibition on the Crimean War and the Battle of Balaclava, shedding light on a pivotal period in history. Climb upstairs and you'll find a compelling collection of fascinating artefacts. Additionally, for those looking to take home a memento, there's a selection of souvenirs available for purchase.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
Address: Lowther, Penrith CA10 2HH
This castle is more of a grand stately home, previously abandoned, but restored to its former glory at the beginning of this century. Just a 15-minute drive away from our Lakeland Leisure Park, Lowther Castle beckons with its captivating history and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Take a guided tour through the opulent rooms of the castle, where tales of its aristocratic past come to life. The gardens are a wonder to explore, featuring whimsical designs and a giant adventure playground for children and the young at heart.
Address: Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DQ
The Rheged Centre is a grass-roofed cultural hub, housed in a former quarry that showcases the rich heritage of Cumbria. Inside, you'll find an impressive IMAX cinema, an art gallery, a variety of shops, and a café serving locally sourced delicacies.
The print exhibition is particularly enjoyable with a video that offers insights into the artists' work. Dive into the region's history and culture through engaging exhibitions and experiences for an educational and entertaining stop on your Penrith adventure.
Try horse riding
Address: Coach House, Skirsgill Ln, Penrith CA10 2BQ
For a truly memorable experience, consider exploring the Lake District's stunning countryside on horseback. Numerous riding schools and stables in the area, such as “Happy Hooves Riding Centre” offer guided treks suitable for riders of all levels. Saddle up and connect with nature in a unique and unforgettable way.
Address: Great Dockray, Penrith CA11 7DD
If your visit falls on a Tuesday, don't miss the bustling Penrith Market. Wander through the lively stalls featuring fresh produce, handmade crafts, and local goodies. It's the perfect opportunity to pick up unique souvenirs and treats to remind you of your Penrith escapade.