Penrith was famously the setting of the 1986 comedy film Withnail & I, and whilst the protagonists of the film didn't exactly make the most of their experience, Penrith still has lots to offer for its visitors.
Located on the north-east edge of the Lake District National Park, Penrith is surrounded by incredible scenery and stunning views. The local landscape lends itself well to outdoor activities such as climbing, and the Eden Valley Mountaineering Club draws many of its members from here. The town itself is also full of landmarks and places of interest, such as St Andrew's Church, Penrith Castle and the clock tower in the centre of town.
Penrith is also famous for its pubs, owing to its strong associations with the brewing industry, and so you needn't go far to find a warm welcome and a cool pint!
The town relies heavily these days on tourism, and as such there are many different shops to explore with high street chains alongside independent specialist shops.
Penrith's location makes it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Cumbria, with Keswick, Ambleside and the lakes of the Lake District all easily reachable by car, and Kendal to the south.