Penrith is the gateway to the northern parts of the Lake District and is a historic town and one of the oldest. The town is also close to the Eden Valley which follows the chain of the Pennines to the Solway-Firth, which makes this quite a popular area for both the Lakes and Eden Valley.
Within Penrith you will discover a busy town with its narrow streets on its perimeter and open areas like Great Dockray, which is a large market place.
Going back to the 9th & 10th Centuries, Penrith was the capital of Cumbria. On the outskirts of the town you will find Penrith Castle which was involved in many battles with the Scots and the English. The castle was built at the end of the 14th Century and its ruins can be seen at Castle Park and is owned by the English Heritage.