The castle is an impressive medieval ruin that was built in the early 1400s. It was erected as a defence against the Scottish raids. Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury. The Castle has large windows, and big vaults that are believed to be what once were the prisons that possibly held the Scotts.

Getting There

You can walk to the castle from the centre of Penrith, just a 5 minute walk. The ruin lies opposite the railway station. There are a few spaces around the castle to park.


The Castle is owned by English Heritage – Free Entry

Opening Times: Open in line with the surrounding parkland 7.30am -21.30pm

Photo Credits & Copywrite: Feature Photo – Euan Nelson! Eirian Evans – Alexander Kapp


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