Attractions Around Penrith

Penrith and Eden Museum
Converted school dating from 1670 housing items detailing history, geology and archaeology of Penrith and Eden Valley. Pottery from Roman fort near Plumpton, prehistoric cup and ring stones from Little Meg Stone Circle etc. Also gallery space. Small attraction. Opening details on website. Free, Robinson's School, Middlegate, Penrith, CA11 7PT close to town centre on A6. Tel. 01768 865105
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Dalemain
Home to Hassell family since 1679 with medieval origins and Tudor and Georgian additions. 5 acre gardens include rose walk, Tudor knot garden, country's largest silver fir, 18th C apple varieties, woodland, pond and riverside walks, children's garden. Mid-size attraction. Opening times and admission details on website. 3 miles S of Penrith on A592 just off A66 1 mile W of M6 Junction 40 Tel. 017684 86450
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Rookin House Equestrian and Activity Centre
Pony trekking, quad bike treks, go kart rally cross, JCB operating, amphibious army truck driving, shooting, archery, fishing, paintballing, assault course, zip wire. 1hour, half day and full day sessions, self catering accommodation. Mid-size to big attraction. Troutbeck, near Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0SS midway between Penrith and Keswick off A66 onto A5091 for 1 mile. Booking essential, open 9am-5pm. Tel. 017684 83561
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Rheged Centre
Grass-roofed, purpose-built centre with 10 shops, 3 cafes, giant screen showing 5 informative 45 min films daily, exhibitions, large indoor and outdoor play areas. Daily 10am-5pm free parking, free admission. Mid-size attraction. Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ on Keswick-Penrith bus route. Just off A66 1 mile SW of M6 junction 40 Penrith Tel. 01768 868000
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The Alpaca Centre
Working farm breeding and rearing woolly animal. Animal viewing from edge of paddock, shop, gallery of hand-crafted wooden items, specialist timber provider, tea room. Small attraction daily 10am-5pm free. 2 miles SW of Penrith on lane off A592. Snuff Mill Lane, Stainton, Penrith, CA11 0HA Tel. 01768 891440 or 01768 890557
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Hutton-in-the-Forest
Historic home of Lord and Lady Inglewood house built and developed from medieval to Victorian times. Extensive gardens, park and woodland walk. Opening and admission details on website. 6 miles NW of Penrith off B5305 2.5miles from M6 junction 41 Cumbria CA11 9TH Tel. 017684 84449
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Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
Nationally renowned for more than 250 medicinal and culinary herbs, orchards growing old English fruit varieties and partially restored watermill. Walled gardens, beckside woodland walk to watermill, tea room. Small attraction. Opening and admission information on their website. Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SP 6 miles E of Penrith on B 6412 just off A66 Tel. 017683 61893
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Shap Abbey
Large west tower and ruins of small abbey in quiet setting by River Lowther. Very small attraction. Signposted W of A6 through village of Shap grid ref. NY548153. Open access, no facilities free admission.

Brough Castle
Hilltop ruins of one of first stone castles to be built in Britain, in corner of remains of Roman fort. S edge of Brough on minor road off A66. Small attraction. Open daily 10am-5pm, free, no facilities. Information panels explain layout. Tel. 0870 333 1181

Ullswater Steamers
Celebrating over 150 years of operating lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Ullswater 'Steamers' create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. Glenridding and Pooley Bridge Round the Lake Pass (Journey time approx 140 mins), events throughout the year. The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0US. Tel: 017684 82229
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Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
In the former walled garden of Lowther Castle this attraction has 150 British and foreign birds of prey including buzzards, kestrels, eagles, peregrines and owls. Flying displays all afternoon from 2pm weather permitting. Tea room craft shop. Small to mid-size attraction. Lowther, near Penrith CA10 2HH grid ref Open daily 11am-5pm. 01931 712746 web site

Little Salkeld Watermill
Fully operational watermill producing flour using British grain. Guided tours, also self-guide option. Opening and tour details on website, also shop, tearoom, courses and events. small attraction. The Watermill, Little Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1NN 6 miles NE of Penrith 1.5 miles from Langwathby off the A686 Penrith-Alston road. 01768 881523. web site

Bessy Beck Trout Fishery
Fishing, tuition, tackle shop, smoke house, farm shop, tea room. Speciality trout fly fishing tuition, salmon fishing tuition also offered. Mid-size to big attraction. Open Wed-Sun 8am-dusk. Newbiggin-On-Lune, near Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NT 5 miles E of M6 Junction 38 Tel. 015396 23303
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Brougham Castle
Remains of early 13th C castle built on site of Roman fort on bank of River Eamont. Explore passages and spiral stairways of vast keep. Shop, picnic area, small exhibition. Small attraction. Opening and admission details on English Heitage website (link below) CA10 2AA 1.5 miles SE of Penrith on minor road signposted off A66. 01768 862488 web site