There are several areas in the centre of Penrith where you can park free of charge on the street, but you will need to display a parking disc. These zones are marked with road-side signs.There are no limits before 8am and after 6pm.
You have a few minutes to obtain a free clock disc from a nearby shop. Cumbria County Council says, "If you don’t have a clock disc it is acceptable to prominently display a hand-written note with your arrival time in the vehicle." On Tuesdays, the disc zone in Great Dockray becomes a market site and there’s no general parking available there from 8am - 6pm.