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Penrith Castle, Penrith

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3.2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Penrith castle is a now-ruined medieval castle located in Penrith, in the north-west of England, a few miles to the east of the Lake District National Park.Early historyThe site of the castle, in the west of the town is likely to have been a Roman encampment, as it has an irregular and quadrilateral lay out.Fifteenth century originsPenrith Castle was built between 1399 and 1470 as a defense against Scottish raids; it has been said that, unlike so many of its counterparts in the north, 'the building exhibits no indication of very ancient date.' The lordship of Penrith was created in 1397 as a grant to the newly-created earl of Westmorland, but the castle was first mentioned in a grant of 1437. Previously believed to have been first built by William Strickland who later become Bishop of Carlisle, the lateness of this reference, it has been suggested, indicates that the most likely builder was Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury. However it is not known whether this was ‘new work on a fresh site, or whether he simply utilized Strickland’s works as the core of his building.’ It is now considered more likely that Strickland built Hutton Hall, near the church in Penrith, instead, and furthermore that a 'tenurial reconstruction shows that he did not hold the castle site.' The is a possible reference to a construction in the site of the castle as early as 1412, and Ralph Neville is known to have granted the building of a tower there, from his comital seat at Raby, the next year. Either way, it seems most unlikely that 'it was built not by a baron, but by the inhabitants themselves, for their own defence,' as was once stated.
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  • Nice castle interesting history. Park in sainsburys for 3 hours and walk through the park to get to it. Nice ruin hidden away. 
  • The castle is located in Penrith (railway station is very close, the same buses stop here), so if you are in this city, the ruins of the Castle are worth visiting, especially here from another city I wouldn't have went. The ruins are free.
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  • A small yet sparsely preserved ruin in the middle of the town of Penrith. The ruins of the castle is surrounded by a small recreation park and can be accessed free of charge. Good information panels by English Heritage are set up on the castle grounds, which give very good information about this castle. Only the Northwestern outside wall are very well preserved. The Interior of the ruins is destroyed to a large extent to the ground. The castle was built in the 13th century. Parking can supermarket car park free on the Morissons. From there, the castle is easy to answered in 5 minutes by foot. The short stay on this castle had liked us. A really small Pearl surrounded by the homonymous place Penrith.
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  • The Castle and the surrounding parks used to be a wonderfully maintained garden that felt like an escape in the centre of the town, with interesting plaques surrounding the castle. Now, it is not as well maintained, the castle is a nice place to see, but the rest of the park tends to be full of litter. The views of Penrith in general from the park are nice though.
  • The castle ruins won't take long to look around but the setting is very nice and the kids enjoyed the play area!
  • Lovely place, had a good view of Penrith
  • What a pity whoever is responsible has let the gardens go to rack and ruin. They could at least clear up the beer cans and rubbish. A sign of our times or more cuts I suppose.
  • Castle looked lovely. The surrounding grounds and all the rubbish not so much
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