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Penrith Castle

Penrith Castle was built by Ralph Neville, the 1st Earl of Westmorland, shortly after he became owner of the Manor of Penrith in 1396. The castle and Ralph Neville himself played a vital part in defending the Border and surrounding areas from the Scottish, and this gave Neville a powerful and influential position in the Cumbria area. After his death in 1425, Penrith Castle past on to Ralph's son, Richard Neville, who used the site as his headquarters, improving its defenses and building the castles famous 'Red Tower', before passing it on to his son (again named Richard). Then in 1471 Penrith Castle was passed to the soon-to-be King Richard III, who lived there for the next 12 years and carried out extensive revamps and changes, in order to make it 'a suitable residence'. These changes included replacing several windows with much larger versions (to allow more light into the castle), and the construction of a new gatehouse and tower.

However, after Richard was officially crowned King in 1483, the castle was hardly used again (except briefly in 1648, as John Lamberts headquarters during the Civil War), and by the 16th century it was falling into decay and much of it had been dismantled.

The Castles Park was created in 1920, and these days the public can visit and explore Penrith Castle for free.


Hotels near Penrith Castle Penrith


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Station Hotel

Castlegate , Penrith , CA11 7JB

Station Hotel is 0.32 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 30

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7.8 out of 10

From 97 Reviews
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£ 30
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Premier Inn Penrith

New Squares , Penrith , CA11 8JH

Premier Inn Penrith is 0.53 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Guest Reviews
9.1 out of 10

From 33 Reviews
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£ 0
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North Lakes - A Shire Hotel & Spa

Ullswater Road , Penrith , CA11 8QT

North Lakes - A Shire Hotel & Spa is 0.59 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 112

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Guest Reviews
8.4 out of 10

From 878 Reviews
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£ 112
The Lounge Hotel & Bar

Mitre House , Penrith , CA11 7AJ

The Lounge Hotel & Bar is 0.61 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 65

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Guest Reviews
8.6 out of 10

From 422 Reviews
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£ 65
George Hotel

Devonshire St , Penrith , CA11 7SU

George Hotel is 0.61 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 90

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Guest Reviews
8.3 out of 10

From 373 Reviews
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£ 90
Abbey House B & B

7 Victoria Road , Penrith , CA11 8HR

Abbey House B & B is 0.62 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 76

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Guest Reviews
9.1 out of 10

From 206 Reviews
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£ 76
Blue Swallow

11 Victoria Road , Penrith , CA11 8HR

Blue Swallow is 0.62 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 80

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Guest Reviews
9.3 out of 10

From 209 Reviews
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£ 80
Caledonia Guest House

8 Victoria Road , Penrith , CA11 8HR

Caledonia Guest House is 0.63 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 80

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Guest Reviews
9.4 out of 10

From 162 Reviews
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£ 80
@Edengate Guest House

5 Victoria Road , Penrith , CA11 8HR

@Edengate Guest House is 0.64 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 76

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Guest Reviews
9.4 out of 10

From 159 Reviews
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£ 76
Ashberry Guest House

Victoria road , Penrith , CA11 8BD

Ashberry Guest House is 0.67 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £ 75

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Guest Reviews
9.7 out of 10

From 321 Reviews
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£ 75