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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.
Read more about the history of Penrith Castle.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open in line with the surrounding parkland. 7.30am-9pm from 31 March to September, and 7.30am-4.30pm from October to 30 March.
Access: Disabled visitors can access the park from Ullswater road (opposite the railway station). Paths are generally good around the park, though there are steps to access some areas of the castle.
Parking: Parking is available around the town, with a few spaces at the park entrance.
Facilities: There is a café within the park (not managed by English Heritage), and plenty of shops and places in Penrith, along with public toilets.
Plan a Great Day Out
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.