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.



Lowther Castle & Gardens (near Penrith)

One of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country with dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens and an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. Family and dog friendly.


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