Penrith is a
market town in the county of Cumbria in
England. It is situated in the Eden
Valley, just north of the River Eamont,
less than 3 miles from the Lake
District National Park. The town is
promoted as a good base to explore the
north lakes and Eden Valley.
From 1906, the council has been
based at Penrith Town Hall, that was
designed by Robert Adam.
The clock tower was built in the
town centre market place in 1861.
Overlooking the clock tower is the
George Hotel, the towns oldest hotel.
Formerly the George and Dragon Inn, it
is claimed Charles Edward Stuart (the
Young Pretender) lodged there in
Castle was built from 1399 for
Ralph Neville, who is best known for
defending the area against the Scots.
The castle was acquired by Penrith
council in the 1920s, so they could use
the area as a leisure facility named
Castle Park. The scenic relaxing park
also contains bowling, tennis and
The Farmers' Market in Penrith is
normally held on the third Tuesday
every month, in the Market Square.
Train Station is situated on the
West Coast Main Line, next to Penrith
Castle, 0.4 of a mile west of the town
centre market square. There are bus
links from the station to Ullswater
lake, 6 miles southwest, and Keswick 17miles west.
The small village of Pooley Bridge is
situated at the north end of Ullswater
lake. You can take boat tours from
Pooley Bridge down the lake to the
other scenic village of Glenridding.