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Penrith Castle

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Address: Off Castlegate, Penrith, England

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Ruins

Don't expect more and you won't be disappointed. Free entry and lovely park next to it and a few signs to tell you about the history but generally a quick visit will suffice

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Clare G
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

There is not much left of the castle which lies opposite the railway station. The remains of thick walls and limited information are there. The small park behind the castle is nice and you can have a good look from there on the center below.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We were disappointed with Penrith Castle. It is a very small site with limited information about its history and can be walked around in less than 5 minutes. It is free, and you might get a few nice photos, but to us, it was one of the worst English Heritage sites we have visited. There just didn't seem any atmosphere... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Don't expect more and you won't be disappointed. Free entry and lovely park next to it and a few signs to tell you about the history but generally a quick visit will suffice

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It was free, in the monetary sense, to wander around, such a rare thing nowadays. A fun place to take photographs. It literally is a ruin, but well maintained, and probably my favourite moment in Penrith.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited on our way home heading out of Penrith and it was a cold and wet day so didn't spend too much time. We had a quick mooch around the ruins and took some photos but it would be better if the weather was dry. Still worth a visit around the historic site though.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Penrith castle is located directly across the road from the Penrith Train Station. The castle has some very interesting history, but there is only a few of the walls left. So while it may not be the most impressive castle ruins, it is worth a visit if you are in Penrith. You could spend about 15 minutes touring the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a very magical Castle to visit. The Gardens and grounds are beautiful and you can take a nice walk on the escarpment overlooking the valley.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not a lot to see, but there are interpretation panels. Worth a look if you are into history and ruins. Go round the back for a walk round a little park as well.

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Free. Not much info on it, well kept and very interesting. There was a good view of penrith...and McDonalds!

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Glasgow
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We usually love old ruins and history but unfortunately Penrith Castle was very dull and ,uninteresting much like Penrith. The town is very run down and in need of investment. The shops were the quietest we have seen on a Saturday afternoon on a main street. I t could do with a few lessons from the beautiful Keswick

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Address: Off Castlegate, Penrith, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Penrith

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