Things to do in Penrith

Cumbria’s Living Heritage have a wealth of historic houses and gardens ideal for a day out in the Penrith area. Many of the attractions are child and dog friendly. See below for more information:

Acorn Bank Garden, CumbriaAcorn Bank

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past.

Open March – October daily except Tuesday 10-5. November – December Saturday & Sunday only 11am – 4pm. Tearoom open March to October 10.30am – 4.30pm. Child-friendly.


Askham HallAskham Hall

A stunning grade I listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has recently been transformed from a stately family home into a unique and contemporary stylish retreat and restaurant

Gardens and Café: every day (except Sat) 10am – 5pm during spring and summer. Family and Dog friendly.



Brougham Castle, CumbriaBrougham Castle

In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was both a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence. Brougham is a fascinating castle to explore, as well as an ideal picnic setting for a family day out, and is also dog friendly.



Dalemain near Ullswater, Historic Houses AssociationDalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Home to the Hasell family since 1679, Dalemain is a wonderful combination of History, Culture & Landscape. The house boasts a fine mixture of Mediaeval, Tudor & early Georgian architecture and is home to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival. Family-friendly events and activities.



Hutton in the Forest ; Historic Houses AssociationHutton-in-the-Forest

Lord and Lady Inglewood’s ancient house in the medieval Forest of Inglewood was originally built as a stronghold against the Scots. The extensive gardens with topiary and terraces, a wild flower meadow and lake, lead round to the Walled Garden which is now the main flower garden. Explore the house, gardens, a woodland walk and Cloisters tea room. Family and dog friendly.



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