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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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Delightfull place.

What a charming place to visit. Full of characture. . There is so much history in this beautifull place. A lot of restoration work going on. The cafe/gift shop are a delight as is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

What a charming place to visit. Full of characture. . There is so much history in this beautifull place. A lot of restoration work going on. The cafe/gift shop are a delight as is the cakes. Light lunches and something to please. Most people. Well worth a vist whilst in the lakes..

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Stratford on Avon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A great spot in the beautiful parkland of the Lowther Estate in the newly renovated part of the castle grounds. Excellent snacks, good choices, lovely cakes. Sit outside to admire the views through the gates and visit the garden before or afterwards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Large grounds to explore. We found it fascinating to see a restoration project in process, the remains of the formal gardens being unveiled, and the limits to what a charity can afford to do to restore it. The tree swings were a great hit with children and adults. Our dog was welcomed and even allowed in the cafe at lunchtime.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Visited with my 101 year old mother whose grandfather was a gardener at Lowther in its hayday in the Victorian period. The ruined house is closed as it undergoes some restoration but its imposing presence imprints itself on the landscape. The extensive gardens are a delight as they too undergo work by volunteers to bring them back to life. Large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A very pleasant castle with extensive gardens and a wonderful hidden view over the valley near Penrith. The tree swings are fun for all ages and the cafe serve wonderful fare. A good long walk through the gardens and woods shows the delights of the place with pictures of times gone by.

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Scunthorpe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

What a beautiful ruin. Such a nice place even in the state of ruin that it is being left in. Most of the castle it still open to view and the gardens are stunning. Some left as they were over 100 years ago and some being lovingly restored. A nice shop selling local crafts and plants and a wonderful church... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visit each year and see how much work they are putting into the reclamation of the gardens. You can spend a good few hours just meandering around the vast grounds, seeing the pond, walking through the wooded areas and over the hills. Great shop and fantastic cafe - light airy clean and snacks/meals very good. Staff all friendly and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A must visit Castle with a lot of intersting history. The gardens are being restored and are magnificent. Take a walk on the limestone escarpment offering spectacular views.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We fell upon this Castle when driving towards the Birds of Prey Centre and thought why not check it out, and I'm so glad we did! Stuart welcomed us in the hut and gave us lots of information about the castle, you could tell he was really enthusiastic about the castle and gardens and It was great to know a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Beauty so pure as the layers of history are being uncovered or recreated. Planting is stunning in its simplicity. The children's woodland play area took me back to my roots and I couldn't resist the rope swing. My husband and I wanted to stay cocooned within its wonderful calm and if we lived closer you would have another garden volunteer.... 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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