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Getting There -- To bus from London, take the one daily National Express (tel. 0871/781-81-81; www.nationalexpress.co.uk) bus that leaves from London's Victoria Station at 11pm, arriving in Penrith at 5:30am.

To drive, take the M1 out of London, getting on the M6 to Penrith. The trip should take no more than 6 hours.

Visitor Information -- The Tourist Information Centre, Robinson's School, Middlegate, Penrith (tel. 01768/867466; www.visiteden.co.uk), is open in summer Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm; off-season hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.