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Self-catering holiday cottages in Penrith

Penrith became the one-time the capital of Cumbria in the 9th and 10th centuries, when the county was semi-dependent and part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde. It’s a large yet extremely attractive town acting as a regional centre for the eastern side of Lake District in the middle of the Eden Valley. Strategically, because of its position on a strategic route to and from Scotland it’s developed as a military centre since Roman times.

As a shopping centre, it has an excellent selection of traditional shops and attractive and sophisticated arcades. Off the main streets in Penrith, you’ll find many old yard entrances, and its two oldest streets are Burrowgate and Sandgate, dating from the 13th Century.

It also boasts some fine restaurants, cafes and pubs, making it the ideal centre to base yourself for a holiday in the Lake District. There is a mixture of large houses and quaint country cottages all providing quality self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets.

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Staying in Penrith

Despite now being in ruins, Penrith Castle still makes an extremely impressive sight. Dating back to 1399, it became a royal fortress for Richard, Duke of Gloucester during the 1400’s. It was the Normans who built Brougham Castle, and a substantial remains can be seen today.

If you want o find out more about the locality, the Penrith Museum and Tourist Information Centre can be found in the former Robinson's School. This building dates back to Elizabethan times, and was originally altered in 1670 for use as a school. It remained so for 300 years until the early 1970's. The museum, which was only recently refurbished, provides excellent information on the history, archaeology and geology in the Penrith area.

Beacon Hill, which is high above the town, sees the famous Penrith Beacon monument, which was built on the sport where beacons have been during difficult times in the region since the rule of Henry VIII. There are terrific views from the top across the Eden Valley and Lakelands.