Posted by: marymarthatours | February 18, 2012

Penrith in the English Lake District

In September 2012, the England in Miniature Tour will make the town of Penrith its home-away-from-home for three nights. Penrith, with a current population of about 15,000, has a history as a market town in the Lake District on the trade route between Carlisle and Manchester. Today Penrith remains a “market town” for visitors to this scenic region of lakes and mountains in the Northwest of England. The town has an abundance of small hotels and inns and many restaurants and pubs for the rest and refreshment of travelers.


Penrith town center (photo by Nick Mutton)

The tour’s daily outings for the days that we will be lodging in Penrith will take us out into the Lake District region. The M&Ms plan our outing days so that we return to our home base with some time before dinner for exploring the area on your own on foot or for just resting.


The George Hotel, Penrith

In Penrith, we will be staying at a very British small hotel, The George Hotel, in the very center of town near the Market Square amid the shops, eateries and local attractions. The George was once a coaching inn, reputed to have been visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. Reports say that an afternoon tea at The George is a real treat. The hotel is close to the historic church of St. Andrews, situated within a large church yard off the street. The church grounds contain some ancient stones and crosses going back to Norse times in the 10th century. The Penrith Museum shares its site with the Tourist Information Centre and is handy to our hotel. Penrith Castle is a longer walk from the hotel but worth the jaunt to enjoy the picturesque ruins and grounds.


Penrith Castle (photo by Carl Bendelow)

Just wandering along the lanes, yards, and alleyways will lead one to attractive cottages, gardens and curious little shops. The variety of specialty shops will promise something for everyone. I have discovered three fabric and yarn shops, multiple book and antique stores, and shops selling yummy local goodies (fudge, sausage, gingerbread), sorry, no miniature shop listed. And if you miss tea time, for pre-dinner refreshment, do step into one of the many local pubs for a pint of local ale or Martha’s preference – bitter.

I expect that all our travelers plus the two tour guides will find The George Hotel and the town of Penrith to be a high point in their fall 2012 England trip.

(by Martha)

Photo of Penrith town center: copyright Nick Mutton and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attributions ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Photo of Penrith Castle: copyright Carl Bendelow and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 license.


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