Penrith’s Red and Ready Must-Sees
Posted on January 12, 2012 by sguese
Penrith is a redhead true and true. The one-time capital of Cumbria in the old Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde covers in a red-stone. Its red appearance has set it apart over the years, making it a favorite location for exploring the Lake District just north and the Pennines just beside.
Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
If Scottish gardens are you thing, you will appreciate the Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill. The garden covers in a varied landscape of blooming bulbs, walled spaces and plants. It also hosts one of the best herb gardens in northern England. The entire grounds are part of an estate dating back to 1228. Hope truly springs eternal for these plants.
Every respectable Scottish settlement needs a castle and Penrith wouldn’t want to be left behind. Construction began on its castle in 1399 by William Strickland, bishop of Canterbury. While the space now is mostly ruins in a park, the Penrith Castle was important back in the day, serving as a royal castle and residence for Richard, duke of Gloucester.
To gain an understanding of Penrith, one must explore its museum. The Penrith Museum invites visitors to gain a perspective on the town and its surroundings. The collections within hark on the archaeology and geology of Penrith and the Eden Valley. It’s hard to believe this was all desert land millions of years ago.
St. Andrew’s Church
Penrith’s resident redhead is St. Andrew’s Church. The 18th century church is composed of that rusty red sandstone color. Most visit this church due to the legend that a giant is said to be buried in the churchyard. While no giant has shown up as of yet, there is still time for Penrith to have it’s own sort of Nessie.
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