Find out more about historical Penrith from the Penrith Heritage Trail
Penrith boasts a small but lovely Nature Reserve around Thacka Beck reservoir, within walking distance of the centre. Thacka Beck runs underground right by the shop, hence the name. It surfaces briefly near the tourist information office and museum.
Did you know that nearly 1/3 of the population of Penrith died during the Plague of 1597-8? You can visit the , where residents were able to leave coins in the disinfectant-filled hollow and collect food without fear of viral contamination. More info