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!
Click here for information on visiting the Lake District National Park as well as Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Hotels Association. A guide to safely planning your trip outdoors can be found at Visit Lake District – Safety-adventure-smart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keswick Tourism Association for all local information and places to stay and eat.
Whinlatter, England’s only true mountain forest, home to the Go Ape tree top adventures.
Hutton in the Forest, historic Cumbrian House.
Wordsworth Trust, for information about visiting Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere.
Honister Slate Mine for mine tours, climbing, shop and cafe.
Discover Carlisle for information of things to do, places to eat, etc.
Hadrian’s Wall, designated UNESCO World Heritage site.