Penrith Castle Park
Castle Park takes its name from Penrith Castle. It is a prominent feature of the park. It was built as an addition to the original pele tower. This was over a 70 year period from 1399. It became a Royal fortress for Richard, Duke of Gloucester. English Heritage maintain Penrith castle and moat area.
Other prominent features are the War Memorial Gateway at the main entrance. This is opposite Penrith Railway Station. It was opened in 1923. The Black Angel Memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Boer War. It was moved to the park from Corney Square, Penrith, in 1964. This was because of concerns that it was being damaged by traffic pollution.
Castle park gardens
The park is attractively laid out with rose gardens, flower beds, mature trees and grass areas. It is ideal for a stroll or a picnic. Dogs are allowed in Castle Park as long as they are kept on a lead.
Castle park facilities
The facilities in the park include:
- A children's play area;
- Putting and obstacle golf;
- Tennis courts;
- Bowling green;
- Café; and
- A bandstand.
Equipment is provided for putting and golf facilities.
Charges for games
Games open from Good Friday 30 March 2018 to Sunday 23 September, the charges below are per person.
- Tennis: Adult £2.60 and Juniors £1.50 per hour.
- Putting: Adult £1.40 and Juniors £1.20 per hour.
- Obstacle golf: Adult £1.90 and Juniors £1.60 per hour.
- Bowls: £2.40 per person.
Opening times for games
- 30 March - 23 September: 7.30am to 9pm or dusk.
- October - 30 March: 7.30am to 4.30pm or dusk.
Access to the park
There are pedestrian entrances from Ullswater Road, Castle Drive and Castle Terrace. Disabled visitors can access the park area from the Ullswater Road entrance. This is opposite Penrith Railway Station.
Parking and disabled parking is available outside the Castle Park on Ullswater Road near to the War Memorial gateway.
For details of other places to park see Penrith car parks.
Trains, buses and taxis are available at Penrith Railway Station, which is opposite the War Memorial gateway to the park.
For details see public transport.
We welcome enquiries from organisations and individuals wishing to hold events in its parks. Events held to date include:
- Open air church services;
- Tennis tournaments;
- County bowls competitions;
- Music from bands;
- Sponsored toddles; and
- School visits.
During the summer months the park kiosk is open for hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams.