Out & About around the Blue Swallow Guest House

Whether exploring Penrith itself or going further afield there is an abundance of places to visit and things to see and do. This list is not exhaustive, please do ask us for any advice either before you arrive or during your stay.

The availability of places to eat is changing constantly and an up-to-date list of businesses currently open can be found on Penrith Chamber of Trade and Discover Penrith. However, please do not hesitate to ask us for recommendations!

For the latest Cumbria wide tourist information just scan this QR code:

Click here for information on visiting the Lake District National Park as well as Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Hotels Association. A good place to start for all things to see and do is Cumbria Tourism’s 2021 Holiday Guide. 

Visit Eden for town trails for Penrith, Alston, Appleby and Kirby Stephen and for information about visiting the Eden Valley.

Cycling , Walking and Wildlife Guides

A guide to safely planning your trip outdoors can be found at Visit Lake District – Safety-adventure-smart.

The C2C guide, for all information about the Coast to Coast cycle route which passes through Penrith. Also, the Lakes and Dales Loop taking in the Eden Valley and the Lake District and the Land’s End to John O’Groats route. Visit Eden has cycle information around the Eden Valley, Lake District National Park has cycling and walking guides.

Local cycle hire and repairs can be found at Arragon’s in Brunswick Road.

There are many online walking guides, including Walk Lakes, Miles without Stiles and Where2walk. For help planning your walk on the Ullswater Way please visit Friends of the Ullswater Way website.

See Cumbria Wildlife Trust  for handy guides on places to discover the varied wildlife in the county.

Outdoor Adventures

There are many adventures to be found in Cumbria – from climbing, water sports to horse riding, segways and walking with alpacas! We have a good selection of leaflets, please ask us for further information.

Nearby Places of Interest

Penrith Tourist Information, located in Middlegate, Penrith, also houses the Penrith and Eden Museum. Local information can also be found on Discover Penrith.

Penrith Castle, begun in the 14th century by Ralph Neville, later a residence of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, now held within Castle Park.

Penrith Beacon, monument built in 1719 on the top of Beacon Hill.

Penrith Leisure Centre for swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, etc.

Rheged – Lakeland heritage centre with cafes, shops, gallery and IMAX style cinema.

The Alhambra Cinema in Middlegate has 3 screens and also shows live screenings from around the world.

Eden Arts, home to the Winter Droving festival.

Penrith Golf Club, Salkeld Road, Penrith

Lowther Castle, ruined castle, gardens and woodland near Penrith town. The Lowther Estate is also home to the Kendal Calling Festival and The Lowther Show.

Visit the gardens and cafe at Askham Hall.

Brougham Castle, ruin of a 13th century castle set beside the crossing of the River Eamont

Brougham Hall, country house restoration project with photography and craft workshops, and Cafe 4 Eden.

Visit Mayburgh Henge, Eamont Bridge and Long Meg and her Daughters, Little Salkeld.

Dalemain House and gardens, home of the Marmalade Awards.

Rookin House, near Ullswater for horse riding, quad biking, human bowling and other outdoor activities.

Ullswater Steamers offers cruises 363 days a year around Ullswater, offering stops at Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge and National Trust Aira Force Piers. For see here for information on walking the Ullswater Way.

Aira Force, Lake District waterfall managed by the National Trust,  information can also be found about Walks in the surrounding area.

Hutton in the Forest, historic Cumbrian House.

Around Cumbria

A good introduction for places to visit and things to do can be found at the Lake District National Park. Here you can find visitor information for Coniston and Hawkshead, Derwentwater and Keswick, the Northern Lakes, Grasmere and Rydal, the Langdale Valley, Ullswater, Wastwater and the West Coast and Windermere and Ambleside.

Keswick Tourism Association for all local information and places to stay and eat – the 2021 Holiday Guide to Keswick can also be found there.

Whinlatter, England’s only true mountain forest, home to the Go Ape tree top adventures.

Wordsworth Trust, for information about visiting Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere.

World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness and Hill Top on the National Trust website.

Holker Hall,  Ravenglass Railway and Muncaster Castle in the South Lakes.

The arts and crafts house Blackwell and the Windermere Jetty Museum, both in at Bowness-on-Windermere.

Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin at Coniston.

Honister Slate Mine for mine tours, climbing, shop and cafe.

Discover Carlisle for information of things to do, places to eat, etc. – these include Carlisle Castle, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Cathedral, and nearby, Kirklinton Hall and Gardens.

Hadrian’s Wall, designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

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