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Introduction

Little more than a stone's throw from the town of Penrith, the village of Brougham is the location of Brougham Castle, one of the best preserved Norman castles in the North of England, in a picturesque location by the banks of the River Eamont. The village is also home to historic Brougham Hall, a fortified stately home with origins in the 14th Century, now home to a museum and crafts centre. There are also two interesting and historic churches in the village, Ninekirks and St Wilfrids.

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Getting There

Brougham is connected to Penrith by the major A66 route. A number of local bus services will stop on request - check the Travelline website for details. Alternatively, Brougham is located close enough to Penrith to consider walking.

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Eat and Drink

  • Brougham Hall. The hall is home to a cafe - this is the only place in the village to pick up a meal.

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Sleep

There are a number of Bed & Breakfast options in the area, including:

  • Keepers Cottage. Comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation in a historic gamekeeper's cottage, once part of the Brougham Hall estate.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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