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Address: 14 Castlegate, Penrith CA11 7HZ, England

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Nice castle interesting history

Nice castle interesting history. Park in sainsburys for 3 hours and walk through the park to get to it. Nice ruin hidden away.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Wirral, United Kingdom
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the castle ruins after spending a few hours in and around the town. A 10 minute walk from the town and it's free! Well worth a quick visit after spending a bit of time in the lovely town like Penrith. Also try the grocery store in the town .... Not sure of the name but it's well signed... More 

Thank Chris R
Wirral, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice castle interesting history. Park in sainsburys for 3 hours and walk through the park to get to it. Nice ruin hidden away.

Thank TheHonestExplorer
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

We were stopping over night in Penrith and decided to find the castle to explore before we left. It a ruin with a few information boards by the English heritage to give you information about the castles history. Its close to the town center so worth a detour if you and in the town

Thank David M
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Penrith castle is well worth a visit. It is in ruins, but it is authentic and was used by Richard 111 and was used as a castle until 1648.

Thank Georgesnake
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

What a magical place well worth a visit. Free to visit and enjoy the historical content. Ideally i would of preferred more information

Thank Mac M
Edinburgh, Scotland
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254 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Entry to the castle is free (when the park is open). It is possible to discern the plan and some of the outer walls are still standing, but the only partially-roofed room is part of a cellar.

Thank M1DXB
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

The free to visit castle is just ruins really but easy to find, just out of town centre and near to train station. We had a gentle stroll and took some nice photographs. It is situated near a small park and families with young children were having picnics and playing here. Some older teenagers were also socialising, listening to loud... More 

Thank Jandanda
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This castle is really neat to photograph -- and it is extremely accessible if you're staying in Penrith -- or even if you're taking the train and are willing to stop at Penrith, walk a short distance, and explore.

Thank DiscerningTravelGal
Chester, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

I didn't realise that the castle was just next to the railway station, as I walked outside, there it was, next to a busy road but very imposing. It is free entry, which is good these days. Although it is a ruin, there are lots of original parts to it and a place to sit and ponder at what was........

Thank Doug_421
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I played in the park when I was a child during the 50s and 60s, took my children there in the 80s+ and have taken my grandchildren there in recent years. I have always rated the park above any I have ever visited, until now. The castle and the interior grounds are well maintained; however the grass moat has been... More 

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