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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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Description: A place of inspiration. The gardens at Lowther castle have lain abandoned...
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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A window on the past

Fascinating destination and a wonderful opportunity to see a restoration project as it happens. The main castle is really just a (beautiful) shell but the gardens, restaurant and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Fascinating destination and a wonderful opportunity to see a restoration project as it happens. The main castle is really just a (beautiful) shell but the gardens, restaurant and shop more than compensate. We visited with two teenagers and all had a great day out. Can't recommend highly enough. Don't miss out on the swings or the "secret view".

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Visited on a glorious, sunny day last week, with a group of foreign children, and headed straight for the 5 rope swings! They enjoyed monkeying around in the natural play area, picnicking like the Queen & Prince Phillip by the Jubilee Summer House, and having their photo taken in the Egyptian stone bath! Even with the language barrier, they had... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We visited Lowther Castle and gardens for the first time in June 2015. It was most unexpected, absolutely lovely and not crowded. We walked all parts of the garden, enjoyed the views and played on the swings. We look forward to visiting it again and discovering the new developments. We would also recommend the cafe at Lowther Castle whose staff... More 

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County Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Lucky enough to visit on a glorious sunny day so got the full benefit of the fantastic views on the Escarpment Walk and from the Patte d"Oie, well worth the climb to the latter. Amazing castle and after seeing some photos before the restoration started was impressed to see how much progress has been made, but obviously still a great... More 

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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

On a visit to Lowther with local U3A - very interesting restoration work being carried out to both Castle and Gardens, with real attention to detail and sympathetic treatment - NOT trying to recreate it. A very good place to have a day of exploration and as much or as little walking as you want - and the cafe is... More 

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newark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit to Lowther Castle ,this unique attraction lay derelict and hidden for decades and now the castle and garden are being uncovered and preserved. You can easily spend hours wandering about the grounds and admiring the view towards ( from 800 feet) the Lakeland fells including High street . The gardens are truly stunning and include... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were at a loss for something to do and popped into Appleby tourist information centre. Lowther Castle came highly recommended so we header there. What an excellent experience particularly as it was excellent weather. The gardens are fantastic with the secret garden cube going on. The castle although mostly a ruin is very imposing, would be excellent in a... More 

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had great difficulty finding Lowther Castle,the Sat Nav wouldn't let us put the postcode in. We were about to go back to Penrith when we came across a small sign for Lowther. When we did get there it wasn't what we expected, it was gardens with the Castle under restoration. On reflection though after looking at photos of the... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

In a lovely position with great views, but "gardens" in very early stage of development, so you can only guess at what is to come. The views, however, are lovely. Castle still being made sound and surrounding area fenced off and needs tidying up. Not a lot of information available.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We didn't get to explore the ruins themselves as they are creating a garden in the most accessible part - we got inside this part but couldn't explore, but it will be a spectacular space when fully planted and mature. There are plenty of grounds to explore and it could absorb a lot of people without getting crowded, but there... More 

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Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Phone Number: +44 1931 712192
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Penrith
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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