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Penrith Town Information

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Penrith Castle - Photo © Carl Bendelow
Penrith Castle - Photo: Carl Bendelow CCL

Bustling Penrith is one of the oldest of the Lake District’s towns and lies close to the beautiful Eden Valley. It used to be Cumbria’s capital and its importance is reflected in the remains of a 14th century castle, now owned by English Heritage.

Owen Caesarius, King of Cumbria, is allegedly buried in the graveyard of St. Andrew's Church. William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy stayed in Devonshire Street, Penrith, with their grandparents. There is a plaque to him in the Robin Hood Inn.

Local attractions include a pottery where visitors can try their hand at pot throwing, and a discovery centre. Close by is Ullswater lake and its superb steam boat cruises.