Penrith tourist and travel information

Penrith tourist and travel information

Penrith is an attractive market town originally built around a network of gates through which the townspeople would herd their livestock into the safety of the centre whilst the town was vigorously defended against the Scottish raiders who once terrorised this region. The gates have long gone but the names remain i.e. Middlegate, Stricklandgate. It was in the 9th century that the town of Penrith became the capital of Cumbria, a semi-independent state which until 1070 A.D. formed part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde.

Penrith Travel Information

Hire - Penrith Penrith in Cumbria is located at junction 40 on the M6 motorway, south of Carlisle and on the very edge of the Lake District, giving direct access via the A66 to the northern lakes and fells.


bus and coach travel

Hire - Beadnell Penrith - Travel by coach - If you'd like to speak to someone about your journey you can ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Cumbria Classic Coaches offer Vintage Bus Excursions on a timetabled basis from Penrith to Pooley Bridge. Their buses can also be hired for outings or special events. Tel: 015396 23254

Travel by train

Hire - Penrith Penrith - Travel by train - Trains from Manchester, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh all stop at Penrith station, a 5 minutes walk from the town centre. Penrith station, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7JQ.

Transpennine Express. Tel: 0845 600 1671. Northern Rail. Tel: 0845 00 00 125.

M6 Motorway

Roads Penrith - Travel by road - Penrith is about 1 mile east of Junction 40 of the M6 Motorway. The M6 Motorway travels north - south and connects to the M1 at Rugby then on to Carlisle. The M6 Toll is north of Walsall and Sutton Coldfield and bypasses the M6 the areas around Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Penrith is about 20 miles from Carlisle and 205 miles from Rugby.

M6 Motorway


Hire - Penrith Penrith - Travel by road - Penrith is easily accessed from the M6 motorway at junction 40 where it crosses the eastwest A66 running from Workington to Middlesbrough.


Travel be Car

Hire - Penrith Penrith - Car Hire - Eden Garage have a range of cars and people carriers and will deliver to/collect from station or hotel
Tel: 017683 61212
- Ullswater Taxis, Glenridding. Tel: 017684 82213

Travel be Car


Hire - Penrith Penrith - Cycle Hire - Arragons Cycle Centre, Brunswick Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7LU Tel: 01768 890 344 - Offers fully serviced cycles and accessories for hire.

Hire - Penrith Penrith is around 13 miles from Keswick, 21 miles south of Carlisle and 20 miles north of Kendal and Windermere.

Penrith Tourist Information


Sport Penrith - Sport - Penrith Golf Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria , CA11 0DR. Tel: 01768 892167.



Stores Penrith - Shopping - Penrith is an important shopping centre, with a good mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades. Woolworths - 9-10 Middlegate, Penrith, CA11 7PQ. Tel: 01768 862293.

Town Centre Shopping


Entertainment Penrith - Entertainment and attractions - Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema, Middlegate, Penrith, CA11 7PT. 01768 862400.



Other information Penrith - Other information - Brougham Castle, Penrith Tel: 01768 862488. Dalemain House & Gardens, Penrith CA11 0HB. Tel 01768 486450. Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 484449. Westmorland Motor Museum, Rellandsgate, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3BT Tel: 01931 714 624. 'Penrith Museum', Middlegate, Penrith, CA11 7PT. Tel: 01768 867466.




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Cumbria Map and Attractions

Penrith is 290 miles from London. It is 91 miles from Barrow in Furness to Brampton and 81 miles from Whitehaven to Kirkby Stephen.

Airports Airport indicated is Carlisle airport.

Roads Penrith is about 1 mile east of Junction 40 of the M6 Motorway.

Cumbria map

Attractions Attractions (see details below)

Rail Stations Rail Stations (Not all stations shown). There is a station in Penrith.

Local Attractions
Attraction 1 - Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269
Attraction 2 - Laurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BH Tel: 01229 582292
Attraction 3 - Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD Tel: 016977 47602
Attraction 4 - Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QF - Tel:01539 536340 (
Attraction 5 - Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria. Tel: 01229 717171

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For accommodation in other areas near to Penrith, Cumbria see Lake District

For hotels accommodation in other areas near to Penrith Lake District see Brampton hotels & Bassenthwaite hotels.

For self catering cottages accommodation in other areas near to Penrith Cumbria see self catering accommodation in Brough & self catering accommodation in Shap.

Telephoning Penrith from abroad - To dial a number in Penrith from outside the UK: dial the International Access Code of the country you are calling from - follow that by the Country Code for the country you are calling to (44 for the UK) - dial the local area code omitting the initial ‘0’ e.g. for London 020 becomes 20 - dial the phone number of the person you want to call in Penrith

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