Cumbria is best known as the home of the Lake District National Park, a stunning natural landscape which has provided inspiration for writers and artists and memorable holidays for generations of visitors. In the heart of Cumbria, just some 2 miles from the National Park border lies one of Cumbria's most popular towns, Penrith. The town typifies those of the area, with charming buildings made from local stone, an historic market square which tells of centuries of bustling town life and all amenities for visitors to get the most from their stay in the town and stunning surrounds. Penrith hotels are on hand with the facilities and warm hospitality to make any stay extra special.
The town has been populated for many 100s of years and has some real sites of historic interest, most notable of which are St Andrew's church and Penrith Castle. Parts of the church date back to the 13th century and it is best known for the churchyard which contains ancient crosses which are older still, by a further 300 years. The mediaeval castle ruins still cut an imposing figure on the landscape and are managed by English Heritage along with other historic sites in the area. The main landmark in the centre of town is the 19th century clock tower and there are historic Penrith hotels which display all the wealth of character which comes from their age and status.
Overlooking the town is Beacon Hill, once used to warn of invading Scots and now popular for its natural woodland and breathtaking hilltop views over Eden Valley, the Pennines and the North Lakes. The town is surprisingly well served with cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, which cater for the high visitor numbers. At one time home to no less than five breweries, pubs have always been central to social interaction in the town and many remain today serving exactly the same function. Some of these are traditional inns which make for some of the most desirable Penrith hotels.
Inns are popular accommodation options for a variety of reasons. There is of course the aged character and charm of the property itself, which is often reflected in the style and furnishings of the guest rooms but there is also the added bonus of having a good local pub on site, the perfect place to relax with a drink after a day walking in the fells. Excellent pub food is usually on the menu too and the pubs often come alive in the evening with a lively social atmosphere.
Penrith hotels cater in the main for lovers of the great outdoors and as such often have facilities for drying outdoor gear and for the safe storage of bicycles and other outdoor equipment. Many visitors of course choose to stay in the town and enjoy all it has to offer. There is a range of shops, from typical high street stores to cycle repair and hire, and the town has a theatre, a lovely Edwardian cinema and adjacent bingo hall. Staff within the hotels will be happy to direct guests to all the local sights and attractions and there will be tourist literature freely available from front desks covering all available activities in the Lake District.
There are Penrith hotels available to suit every purpose and budget. For many visitors who will spend the majority of time outdoors then the smaller, family run establishments form the perfect comfortable base to come home too. Others may prefer some fine dining and stylish lounge spaces and guest rooms of the more traditional establishments, while others may be looking for larger family rooms, complete with all amenities. The choice is yours.