MyCumbria Card - MyCumbria cards are available in Penrith TIC. MyCumbria is the exciting membership scheme run by Cumbria Tourism exclusively residents of Cumbria and those who work within our county. The card entitles you to a whole range of fantastic deals, offers and discounts across the whole county for an entire year.
In 2014 a referendum was held open to all registered voters in the unparished area of Penrith to see if the people wanted a parish council for Penrith and the result was in favour of a new town council the first elections to this council were held on 7 May 2015.
A fibreglass 550 cm (18 ft)-tall statue of King Kong once stood in the Skirsgill Auction Mart.
Secure Cycle Storage Facility - Secure cycle storage lockers are available for members of the public to store their bikes whilst visiting the town. Lockers cost £1.50 for up to 3 hours hire and £3 for up to 24 hours hire. To hire please contact the TIC. Alternative locker facilities are available in Penrith at Penrith Leisure Centre.
Mail Order available subject to postage and packing charges.
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We are able to make bookings for Quality Assured accommodation on your behalf (10% booking deposit based on full stay applies.) So if time is short, or you have a particular requirement why not let us do the hard work for you? We also offer the National Book a Bed Ahead (BABA) service.
The MP and social reformer Samuel Plimsoll spent part of his childhood living at Page Hall in Foster Street. The row of houses at Townhead called Plimsoll Close is named after him.
Market days are Tuesday and Saturday. On Tuesdays there is a small outdoor market in Great Dockray and Cornmarket, once a month this is expanded to include a Farmers' Market in the Market Square as well. On Saturdays at the Auction Mart alongside the M6 motorway Junction 40 takes place Cumbria's largest outdoor market.
Penrith Castle was begun at the end of the 14th century by Ralph Neville, who played a key role in defending this area against the Scots. It was later transformed into a luxurious residence by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who became Richard III. Surviving to their full height, the castle walls stand in a public park.
When and where to buy quality local produce at Eden’s Farmers' Markets held at Brough, Orton and Penrith
The ruins of Penrith Castle (14th-16th centuries) can be seen from the adjacent railway station. The castle is run as a visitor attraction by English Heritage. To the south-east of the town are the more substantial ruins of Brougham Castle, also under the protection of English Heritage. To the south of the town are the ancient henge sites known as Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur's Round Table. Both are under the protection of English Heritage.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help you make the most of your visit and can provide you with all you need to know about where to stay, where to eat, plus things to do and how to get here.
Activity Centres in Eden offering quad biking and off roading experiences
Accommodation and attractions which welcome groups, plus itineraries and information on Blue Badge Guides
There are three local radio stations serving the Penrith area. Eden FM which is based in Penrith and two others based in Carlisle. These are BBC Radio Cumbria and the independent station CFM.
Parking: Parking is available around the town, with a few spaces at the park entrance.
Penrith West which includes Castletown and parts of the town centre and Townhead.
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In the centre of the town is the Clock Tower, erected in 1861 to commemorate Philip Musgrave of Edenhall. Hutton Hall, in Friargate preserves a 14th-century pele tower at the rear, attached to an 18th-century building. The Gloucester Arms public house, formerly known as Dockray Hall, is said to date from c1470 and may incorporate the remains of another pele tower.
Its historic town centre with ancient yards and streets is home to many independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. You'll find Penrith a friendly place where people are welcoming and have the time to stop for a chat.
Charlie Hunnam, British actor, attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith (QEGS) and lived locally in the area during his teenage years.
Situated just off Junction 40 of the M6 motorway, the A66, the A6 and the A686 intersect in the town.
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Adjoining Carleton is the Pategill Housing Estate which started as a council estate on land that once formed part of the Carleton Hall estate in the 1960s and is still mostly owned by housing associations. Two streets on the estate namely Prince Charles Close and Jubilee Close were opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1977. The centre of the estate is accessible by foot only and there was until 2012 a small convenience store here. Several properties are run as sheltered housing for the elderly.
Explore Eden's Christian heritage with a series of Church Trails
We sell a wide variety of local event tickets including tickets for the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Penrith Music Club concerts, Penrith Players productions and Penrith Savoyard's annual musical.
Family walks, rambles, fell walks, long distance walks, walking help and walking related events
Penrith has featured on Channel 4's Walking through history' with Tony Robinson.
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Mary, the wife of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, lived in Penrith for part of her life whilst her father was minister at the Congregational Church in Duke Street.
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We sell a large range of maps and are stockists of OS Explorer and Landranger covering the whole of the UK.
Details of skiing in Eden at Yad Moss near Alston and on Raise in the Helvellyn region
Brougham Castle is less than two miles away from Penrith Castle. Brougham was once a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence of the powerful Clifford family, and today the remains of the castle are picturesquely sited by the River Eamont. There is a shop selling gifts, drinks and snacks.
There was until March 2010 a pub in the suburb, The Castle Inn and in previous years there was a sub-post office, a Co-op store and other shops all now closed. Until the 1970s Castletown had its own church, St Saviour's in Brougham Street which acted as a chapel of ease to Penrith's parish church of St Andrew.
We stock a range of guides, leaflets and information on Eden, including local town guides and leaflets, walking and cycling leaflets, local bus/train timetables, maps and event and attraction information. We also have information on other areas of Cumbria, The Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and other UK holiday destinations.
Penrith railway station is close to the centre of Penrith, and directly opposite the ruins of Penrith Castle. Clock tower erected 1861 to commemorate Philip Musgrave of Edenhall