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Lowther Castle and Gardens

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Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Phone Number: +44 1931 712192
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A place of inspiration. The gardens at Lowther castle have lain...

A place of inspiration. The gardens at Lowther castle have lain abandoned for 70 years, and the original plantings have long since disappeared leaving the the architectural outlines of 17th Century and Edwardian gardens intact despite WWII weapons testing in the gardens, since overplanted with trees and covered by moss and lichen. The castle ruins are a constant reminder of the powerful presence of this place and its role in history. A major restoration project started 4 years ago and has uncovered a stunning selection of garden remains and vistas - the Pate d'Oie, Rock Gardens, Pinetum, 17th C. yew avenue, stunning views from the escarpment, and so much more. Atmospheric and enchanting, these gardens encourage reflection on the stunning past of this unique place. A small restoration exhibition shows details of the work already undertaken on the castle ruin and courtyard areas as well as 'stunning before and after' images. Tree trail, rope swings for all ages, and wild play areas for children. We are a charity. Admittance fees help us to continue the on-going works.Opening hours 10.00am to 5.00pm everyday; adults £8, children under 16 free, well behaved dogs very welcome. Why not visit the Courtyard Cafe for light lunches, soups, sandwiches and a wonderful selection of cakes and bakes. Luxury Picnics (please order in advance) or make up your own from our 'take - away' selection. We also have a gift and plant shop in the stable block. Visitor Feedback and comments:Ms H (London) The gardens are fantastic in their "hidden/secret garden" state Mr S (Worcester) First Visit! Stunning grounds & views. Really informative chat with Head Gardener.Ms U (Kirkby Stephen) Great space, lovely coffee & cake and really like the timeline information boards. Hope you go from strength to strengthMr & Mrs W (Marske by the Sea) A lovely walk through the grounds and a pleasure to see something coming back to life.We will certainly visit again.Ms H (Wirral) Cafe lovely, staff lovely, gardens lovely,Mr & Mrs A Kent We really enjoyed our visit here, with an interesting and scenic walk around the garden, the fascinating ruined castle, the warm and informative welcome and the excellent tearoom.Ms S (Doncaster) Amazed at how much you have achieved since my last visit. Daffodils beautiful. See you again, hopefully not too long. Well done everyone, be proud!

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Great spooky fun at Lowther for Halloween, we will be back next year

Been to Lowther Castle earlier in the year, such a stunning place to visit in all seasons. We didn’t pre book this event but went along on the first of the two nights. At only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wanted to pass this on as a warning. The Lake District is the most beautiful place on earth but is becoming over run with questionable companies managing the areas car parks. Currently dealing with Park with Ease regarding £25 to £50 they want to charge us for 10 minutes parking at their White Moss car park. Their machine did not... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For so many years driving past this icon it is great to see that it is gradually being resorted to former glories. Tastefully being upgraded with a nice tea shop & gift shop this place can only get better. Didn't visit the gardens though due to rain.

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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to Lowther Castle earlier in the year, such a stunning place to visit in all seasons. We didn’t pre book this event but went along on the first of the two nights. At only £7 per adult and £5 per child it is worth every penny. I don’t want to spoil the fun. But there is a Nerf gun... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lowther Castle is a spectacular roofless ruin, and made so deliberately in 1947 to avoid death duties. The gardens were consequently neglected. Now in receipt of a grant, the business is reviving the old place, and remaking the gardens, clearing the rubble, stabilising the castle. Already a tea room, a gift shop and loos are up and running, and these... More 

1 Thank sarw
Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Could spend all day here, lovely grounds with lots of outdoor things to do. Currently being restored and it is great to see the old bits being discovered. Also saw 3 red squirrels! Only thing that we found was that you couldn't see much of the inside of the castle which is what we were expecting not knowing about it.... More 

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Anglesey, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Wow! This was our second visit. What a transformation. And how lovely to see a work in progress. I would say that you need to allow at least 3 hours, and include a visit to the cafe.

Thank sjg895
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We called in a Lowther Castle for a break on our way to the northern Lakes after seeing it mentioned on a places to visit website. Located just off the A6 south of Penrith Loather Castle is handily placed for people travelling across the A66 or along the M6. This is a really amazing place with the ruins of a... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Lovely peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Very calming and the ruins are very thought provoking. Lowther castle is great place to go for couples or families, I would highly recommend it

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I remember Lowther Castle from when I was small, none of the grounds, nor indeed the castle was particularly visible from the little fairground/zoo that used to inhabit a portion of the grounds and definately not a place I'd have chosen to revisit. Intent on visiting the little known haweswater we drove past a wooded valley with imposing ruins poking... More 

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Lowther Castle and gardens have always been one of my favourite places and we have been visiting it right from the early days of its restoration and I can honestly say what a marvellous job is being done, We were delighted when we went there this week to find that the inside of the castle has been planted up as... More 

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