Trains to Penrith

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.


Tens of thousands of passengers pause at Penrith Station every week as they travel between Scotland and English cities, but not all that many get on or off. That’s a shame, as Penrith is a lovely town with plenty of history, not to mention some excellent restaurants, cafes and bars.

There’s been a settlement here since Roman times, as it was on the main road from Carlisle (and Hadrian’s Wall) to Manchester. The town survived and turned into a market town, and its population grew in the nineteenth century when houses were built to accommodate those working on the railway that we still use today. Still, at just 15,000 people, it remains a relatively small town.

There’s a junction on the M6 just outside the town, so both rail and road users will leave their main routes here to head to the Northern Lakes such as Ullswater, Derwentwater and Thirlmere, the peaks of Helvellyn and Skiddaw, and the towns of Keswick, Pooley Bridge and Grasmere. To the East, there’s one of the UK’s five Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest. So whether you’re visiting this fine town or using it as a stopping-off point for visiting other places (or both), here’s all you need to know about trains to Penrith.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Penrith

Penrith is pretty central in Britain, so it’s handy to reach from the big two Scottish cities, London, Wales and western England.

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Carlisle to Penrith

13 minutes

London to Penrith

3 hours

Glasgow to Penrith

1 hour 22 minutes

Preston to Penrith

48 minutes

Lancaster to Penrith

34 minutes

Edinburgh to Penrith

1 hour 29 minutes

Wigan to Penrith

1 hour 4 minutes

Oxenholme to Penrith

23 minutes

Warrington to Penrith

1 hour 15 minutes

Crewe to Penrith

1 hour 33 minutes

Things to do in Penrith

You don’t have to make an extra trip to see Penrith Castle, as it’s right in the heart of town – in fact, it’s literally across the road from the station. It’s managed by English Heritage but sits in a public park, so there’s no entrance fee. The castle dates back to the 15th century as a fortress against raiding Scots but fell into disrepair. As ruins go, however, Penrith Castle is still impressive, with two towers and plenty of walls still standing, all in immaculately maintained grounds.

If castles are all a bit too modern for you, there are three ancient stone and earth monuments in the area. First, there’s Mayburgh Henge, just outside the town to the south. A few minutes’ walk away lies King Arthur’s Round Table, another circular earthworks which despite the name (and the fact that it definitely exists), dates back at least 4,000 years, although legend has it that Arthur used to joust here. Finally there’s Little Salkeld, another stone circle in a fine village 15 minutes away from Penrith. While you’re there, you can take the opportunity to visit the village’s water-powered mill and grab a bag of flour.

Mayburgh Henge

Foodies will always find something to their tastes here. From the modern to the traditional and with cuisines from all over the world, there’s a restaurant with your name on it. Then you can pop over to one of the excellent pubs in the town.

Penrith Watermill

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Penrith Station Information

To find Penrith Station, and get information on what you can expect when you get there, including accessibility, parking and WiFi availability, visit its page here:

Penrith Station Information