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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Phone Number: +44 1931 712192
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Ranked #6 of 27 Attractions in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: A place of inspiration. The gardens at Lowther castle have lain abandoned for 70 years, and the...
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Type: Castles, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Lowther Castle is a ruin that is slowly undergoing a partial restoration. The architecture and structure are quite magnificent, and this is worth seeing even if you don't pay to go in. On the two occasions that I've been here, I have come at the end of the day (around 4pm) and have been let through to the garden free... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Yesterday I had an amazing 2 hours touring the gardens at Lowther Castle with the Head Gardener, Martin. His great passion and love of the gardens and how it is being restored infused his commentary as he guided us around. We were told about the sensitive work is being helped by garden designers/ garden architects and an amazing team of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Lowther Castle is unlike any other stately home that I have visited. What sets Lowther apart from many of its sibling old buildings is the raw and dramatic beauty that it still manages to maintain despite that fact that the castle and gardens have been abandoned for over half a century. From the moment you enter the magnificent courtyard ones... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A restoration project which is only a few years old, the shell of Lowther Castle is now scaffolding-free and looks stunning. The gardens are coming on nicely and it's great to be able to wander round with the sense that half of the site is still only just being discovered. Fantastic views of the neighbouring fells and some lovely walking... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Poor experience last visit but better this time. Inside seating available for people with dogs (as most visitors do), this was very welcome on a cold day. If not we would have gone elsewhere. We had soup followed by cake and coffee. Soup was delicious, tasty and a good bowlful. The only point I would make is that someone must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Called at the end of a cold winters day for a quick coffee. Lovely mince pie and brownie also eaten in a lovely, warm cafe with glorious windows overlooking the courtyard to the castle. Didn't have time to see the gardens but did call in the shop which was full of great Christmas gifts. Will definately call againyou can visit... More 

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Beautiful place to visit. The staff are so knowledgable and friendly. Renovating the building is ongoing and a labour of love. The gardens are a lovely walk with spectacular views over the valley. £8.5m has been spent so far and they are now self supporting so the £8 admittance fee is a drop in the ocean. We visited when they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Absolutely love this place!!! The gardens are so well kempt and the staff are lovely. I have family related to the Lowther's and know their life story. Amazing place.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We visited the cafe for lunch yesterday and were not disappointed. One of our party had Turkey escalopes wth stuffing, pigs in blankets and seasonal mash, which was delicious, while the other two had the best ever home made cheeseburgers with chunky chips to die for and a dressed side salad. The staff were friendly helpful and efficient and the... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

All the food are superb and the service are friendly and a warm atmosphere in the restaurant I liked everything

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