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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Penrith CA10 2HH, England
01931 712192
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Gardens
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... more » 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 outlines of 17th Century and Edwardian gardens intact, overplanted with trees and covered by moss and lichen. The castle ruins are a constant reminder of the powerful presence of this place and it's role in history. A major restoration project started 3 years ago and has uncovered a stunning selection of garden vistas - Pate d'Oie, Japanese Gardens, Pinetum and so much more. Atmospheric and enchanting, these gardens encourage reflection on the stunning past of this unique place. 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, stunning views from the escarpment 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 free, well behaved dogs very welcome. Why not visit the Courtyard Café for light soups, specials, wraps and a wonderful selection of cakes and bakes. Luxury Picnics ( please order in advance) or make up your own from our 'take - away' selection.Visitor Feedback and comments:Ms H (London) The gardens are fantastic in their “hidden/secret garden” stateMr 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) Café 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! « less
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Lancashire
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Having come across the ruined and overgrown Lowther Castle on a walk 10 years ago it was interesting to see what has been done to restore it. Then there was no access and the whole place was behind metal fences with conifers swamping it. With a lot of hard work the gardens have been revealed, not restored yet but a... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Firstly dont expect to walk round a castle - yes there are quite beautiful ruins which are still being made safe, largely without a roof, but quite stunning as a backdrop to the gardens. The courtyard and stables have been fully restored to a high standard and now incorporate a very modern cafe (which is very pleasant) a better than... More

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suffolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great visits to Lowther Castle, excellent customer service by the ladies in the restaurant, we can recommend the Butternut squash and cous cous for lunch. Excellent Gift, Craft Shop great place to buy Birthday and Christmas presents. Will be visiting the Christmas Craft and Gift Bazaar November 24 to December 24th. The only problem was struggling to find places to... More

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Stirling
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98 reviews 98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

A fantastic transformation in such a short time. The Gardens are well worth a visit and future visits should be made just to see how the Gardens will be transformed. So sad to see such an estate become derelict and one can only admire the younger generation to be taking this in hand with the help of various organisations. In... More

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Birmingham England
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We saw the castle advertised and expected, well you know, a proper castle which we could walk through. Instead we found the shell of Victorian stately home which is being stabilised and a garden which is being restored. Our jaws dropped at the scale of the project and we marvelled at a wild dream being turned into a reality. Work... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Second visit and more enjoyable than the last. The autumn colours looked fantastic with beautifly weather just right for wandering round the large grounds finding nooks and cranies not noticed last time. Excellent choice of food after the walk and very good price served by friendly staff. All round great experience.

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cumbria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We went when it first opened and it wasn't great but we went recently and it was exceptional, we had a tour round with our nursery group with a lady called Heidi. She was amazing with the children and I never seen my son so engaged with a visit anywhere before (and he's only 4 so its really hard to... More

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Crawley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

An atmospheric location with nice walks through the gardens. Really good catering for lunch with lots of good and creative choices.

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IOM
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Gorgeous place, so worth a visit, lovely to walk around and to imagine the place in times gone by, well behaved dogs welcome too, so a real plus for a family day out....it's a must!

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a stunning castle and landscape and there is not just the castle to view, there is lots to do once your in, like the play park, squirrel hides, gardens, tree swings, look outs. There was a lovely gentleman when we went (I can remember his name), but he was so helpful and passionate about the story and restoration of... More

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