The Rheged Centre

Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ
Child painting ceramic piece

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional British service station, or seeking somewhere to entertain the whole family during less desirable weather, then the Rheged Centre is certainly worth a visit.

Situated just off the A66 outside of Penrith on the road towards Keswick and Cockermouth, this discovery centre has something for everyone, whether it be fashion, food, art, or play.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01768 868 000 / Website
Free (Charges for some activities)
Seasonal Opening:
All Year

Things To See

This unique centre opened in 2000 and is Britain’s largest grass covered building with the roof of the complex being entirely turfed. Named after a post-Roman era Kingdom to which Cumbria once belonged, the Rheged Centre celebrates Cumbrian produce and goods in its small collection of shops.

You can purchase locally produced arts, crafts, and food, or buy walking equipment for your adventure in the fells. Children will love the large toy shop, whilst adults may wish to treat themselves to a designer outfit or new book.

The Rheged Centre is home to one of the largest 3D cinema screens in the country with tiered seating that guarantees you an excellent viewing experience. The cinema screens a mixture of live ballet and opera performances, film classics, children’s favourites, box office hits, as well as locally made films.

The centre has large conference spaces that are available to hire and are also used throughout the year to host numerous events, including art exhibitions, lectures, craft and food fairs, antique markets, and family fun days.

In need of some pampering? Pop along to the ICON Spa where you can indulge in a selection of therapies that include massages, facials, and beauty treatments.

There is also plenty for children to do. At the Create Pottery Painting Workshop children can paint a pot, plate or other item and have it baked and glazed. Whilst the item is being baked, children can pop next door into the soft play centre (admission fees apply), with space for parents to grab a drink whilst they watch. Outside there is a large play structure designed to resemble a Roman fort with tunnels, slides, and ramparts to explore (admission fees apply).

Useful Information

There are two cafés and a restaurant serving locally sourced goods. There is a 24-hour petrol station with a shop selling a selection of snacks, newspapers, and other goods. The centre is accessible throughout for wheelchair users with lift access to the upper floors.


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