The history of the area where Penrith now lies is a long history, but the history of the town itself extends only back to approximately the ninth century.  At that time, the area of Cumbria was thriving and Penrith was named its capital.  Penrith was a lively place then and continued to be so for many centuries.  Roads were constructed to make it easy for travelers to go through Penrith en route to other destinations, ultimately leading to an increase in its size.  Two of these roads, built in the thirteenth century, remain a part of the city to this day.

The peak of the area’s history came at the end of the fourteenth century.  The thriving city was home to nobility, marked by the construction of Penrith Castle .  This became a fortress for King Richard III.  The ruins of this castle remain important to the area today, as they are of great interest to tourists who currently make up a bulk of the industry of the area.

The area today is known for being a lively market town.   Travelers go here on their way to other destinations or they simply make it a destination of its own with the sole purpose of heading to the area being to shop in the numerous shopping districts it offers.   (See for additional information on shopping in Penrith.)