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Places to Visit in Penrith

Date: 25th June 2018
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Author: Sarah Twist
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Publisher: Darwin Escapes
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Park: Thanet Well Lodge Retreat
Local Area


Thanet Well Lodge Retreat is located on the outskirts of the Lake District, there are so many places to visit we thought we would give you a hand deciding!

Surrounded by unrivalled views of Cumbria, Thanet Well Lodge Retreat is perfectly placed to explore the region, from the famous lakes to the village renowned eateries. Thanet Well is the ideal escape for those looking for peace and tranquillity in the English countryside, with the Lake District now officially named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can explore this natural beauty spot while returning back to your luxurious lodge accommodation, complete with outdoor private hot tub! Booking your holiday with us at Thanet Well means you can explore the region at your own pace and relax in complete luxury in one of the worlds most popular holiday destinations.

Finding places to visit can be overwhelming in the Lake District, so we thought we would put together a little list to help you know where the best places to visit are near Penrith…


Wordsworth House & Gardens

CA13 9RX / 40 minutes away / 11am – 5pm / Adult £7.90. Child £3.95

Take a trip back in time to the 1770’s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home. This beautiful home was the birthplace and home to famous poet William Wordsworth, and as you walk through the townhouse you’ll see it is presented as it would have been back in the 1700’s, when William and his family lived at the house. Take a stroll through the stunning Georgian townhouse and listen to the knowledgeable guides to learn all about Wordsworth’s Lakeland legacy and his role in the founding of the National Trust.


Whinlatter Forest

CA12 5TW / 35 minutes away / 10am – 5pm / £8 All Day Parking

Whinlatter is the only truly forest mountain in England, with the mountain rising to 1000ft above sea level, there are a range of activities for everyone to enjoy at Whinlatter. Visit the Information Centre, where you’ll learn all about the activities and wildlife in the surrounding beauty. Children will love the Whinlatter Wildplay Trail, with 9 different play zones to explore along the 600 meter trail, including a climbing wall, giant timber climbing frame and you can even find a secret path in the Fairy Kingdom! Perfect for walking or mountain biking, you’ll see some spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Force Crag Mine

CA12 5TL / 50 minutes away / Check website for opening days

Open on certain days of the year, visit Force Crag and see where, for over 200 years, men have mined for lead, barites and zinc. Force Crag is also a stunning walk for those looking for breath-taking views of Braithwaite village and marvel at the striking sheer dark face of the Force Crag Mine. Witness the views and fall in love with the Lake District in a whole new way.


Lowther Castle & Gardens

CA10 2HH / 30 minutes away / 10am – 4pm

See the stunning Lowther Castle ruins, which was commissioned by the first Earl of Lonsdale in 1806 and enjoyed a fabulous Victorian heyday. However due to Edwardian extravagance, family deaths and war-time requisition the family was brought into finical ruins and in 1957 the castle roof was removed. But 60 years later Lowther Castle is one of the Lake District’s most dynamic attractions, with breath-taking gardens and wonderful exhibitions to interest all.


The Bridge House

LA22 9AN / 45 minutes away / 11.30am – 4pm

Possibly the most photographed building in Cumbria, this tiny building was originally an apple store built over the river to avoid land tax. But it is said that once a family with 6 children lived within the two tiny rooms, however by 1926 the house was bought by a group of local people and passed on to the National Trust. Visiting the sparsely furnished rooms of the house is free of charge and is a popular tourist destination.


Larch Cottage Nurseries

CA10 2DR / 30 minutes away / 9am – 5pm

One of the country’s greatest horticultural hidden gems, Larch Cottage was founded in 1984, originally growing plants for a landscaping business, it eventually grew into the stunning nursery it is today. Wander around the stunning gardens to see the Romanesque walls acting as a backdrop to the peaceful gardens in the Eden Valley. Visit the Red Barn Gallery to view the beautiful artwork spread over 2 floors, and on specific days you can visit the magical private gardens and meandering paths to the stunning Red Chapel, which was lovingly built for the owner’s wedding in 2014.


Lucy’s on a Plate

LA22 0BU / 50 minutes away / Weekdays: 5.30pm – 9.30pm. Weekends: 11am – 9:30pm

One of the best places to eat in the Lake District for over 25 years, Lucy’s on a Plate offers a daily personalised menu in a lovely welcoming restaurant. There are a number of different areas to dine inside Lucy’s on a Plate, from the magical wall garden area and conservatory, to the comfy seating bar area, complete with window seats. Lucy’s dessert menu is extraordinarily popular, so make sure you leave room for Lucy’s Queen of Desserts.


Brougham Castle

CA10 2AA / 20 minutes away / 10am – 6pm / Adult £5.40. Child £3.20

In a beautiful picturesque setting, next to the River Eamont, the castle was founded in the early 13th Century. The majestic keep largely survives, enabling you to stroll through and picture what life was really like back then, as well as some later constructions surviving, including the striking double gatehouse and the impressive ‘Tower of League’. Climb to the top of the keep for breathtaking panoramic views of the Eden Valley, then discover hidden passageways and explore the many spiral staircases. The beautiful setting means you can enjoy a stunning day out and a wonderful picnic on the riverside.


With so much to explore in Penrith, there really is no wonder why Thanet Well Lodge Retreat is one of our most popular locations to visit in the UK, offering showstopping views and complete tranquillity, you can really relax with us in the heart of the Lake District.

We also offer a wide range of pet friendly accommodation at Thanet Well, so no-one gets left behind on your explorations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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