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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


Please select a hotel from the list of hotels in and near Penrith Castle Penrith. The list below displays hotels within 30 kilometers of Penrith Castle Penrith.
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Station Hotel

Castlegate , Penrith , CA11 7JB

Station Hotel is 0.31 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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8.4 out of 10

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North Lakes Hotel and Spa

Ullswater Road , Penrith , CA118QT

North Lakes Hotel and Spa is 0.59 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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8.8 out of 10

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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 £

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Guest Reviews
8.7 out of 10

From 677 Reviews
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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 £

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9 out of 10

From 255 Reviews
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Blue Swallow

11 Victoria Road , Penrith , CA11 8HR

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

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9.9 out of 10

From 249 Reviews
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Ashberry Guest House

Victoria road , Penrith , CA11 8BD

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

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Guest Reviews
9.7 out of 10

From 378 Reviews
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Wayfarers Independent Hostel

19 Brunswick Square , Penrith , CA11 7LR

Wayfarers Independent Hostel is 0.69 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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9.7 out of 10

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Ashbank Lodge

71 Clifford Road, Penrith , Penrith , CA11 8PU

Ashbank Lodge is 0.70 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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9.2 out of 10

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Villa Bianca Hotel

corney square , Penrith , CA11 7PX

Villa Bianca Hotel is 0.72 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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8.1 out of 10

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Foundry 34

34 Burrowgate , Penrith , CA11 7TA

Foundry 34 is 0.73 kilometers from Penrith Castle Penrith. Room prices starting from £

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8.7 out of 10

From 510 Reviews
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