Penrith Castle Park
Castle Park takes its name from Penrith Castle, a prominent feature of the park which was built as an addition to the original pele tower over a 70 year period from 1399 and became a Royal fortress for Richard, Duke of Gloucester. English Heritage maintain Penrith castle and moat area: visit the website for more on the history of Penrith Castle.
The other prominent features are the War Memorial Gateway at the main entrance opposite Penrith Railway Station, which was opened in 1923 and the Black Angel Memorial to those who lost their lives in the Boer War, which was moved to the park from Corney Square in Penrith in 1964 because of concerns that it was being damaged by traffic pollution. The park is attractively laid out with rose gardens, flower beds, mature trees and grass areas, ideal for a stroll or a picnic. Dogs are allowed in Castle Park as long as they are kept on a lead.
The facilities in the park include a children's play area, putting and obstacle golf, tennis courts, bowling green, toilets, café and a bandstand. Equipment is provided for putting and golf facilities.
Facilities and charges
- Tennis: Adult £2.60 and Juniors £1.50 per hour
- Putting: Adult £1.40 and Juniors £1.20 per hour
- Obstacle golf: Adult £1.80 and Juniors £1.50 per hour
- Bowls: £2.40 per person
Please note: all fees are per person
Open from 10 April to 17 September.
Daily opening times
- 31 March - September: 7.30am - 9pm or dusk
- October - 30 March: 7.30am - 4.30pm or dusk
There are pedestrian entrances from Ullswater Road, Castle Drive and Castle Terrace. Disabled visitors can access the park area from the Ullswater Road entrance, opposite Penrith Railway Station.
Parking is available on Ullswater Road outside the park for details of other places to park in Penrith see car and vehicle parking.
Trains, buses and taxis are available at Penrith Railway Station opposite the War Memorial Gateway for more details see public transport.
We welcome enquiries from organisations and individuals wishing to hold events in its parks. Events held up to date include:
- Open air church services
- Tennis tournaments
- County bowls competitions
- Music from bands
- Sponsored toddles
- School visits
During the summer months the park kiosk is open for hot and cold food and drinks and ice creams.