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.
Discover more of the history and mystery of the castle with a free 30-minute guided tour of Penrith Castle on Saturday 28th October 2023 at 1pm and 2pm.
Please meet Joanna at the wooden bridge leading across the castle, where she will begin the tour. Please note: the tours are reliant on the availability of our volunteers and in very inclement weather the tour may not go ahead.
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.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
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.