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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Penrith CA10 2HH, England
01931 712192
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Ranked #5 of 29 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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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I planned a weekend escape to the Lake District, but that was as far as we had gotten in the planning process. It wasn't until we arrived at our B&B that we had a look at what was in the area. We picked a handful of brochures from the front desk and while going through them, Lowther... More

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Settle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Lowther Castle and Gardens is a truly amazing place! We have the annual membership so come back regularly. The place is a real gem and time capsule - as you walk through the gardens imagining what it would have been like to be there when the castle was fully occupied - it is a truly magical place. So nice that... More

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Chester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

£8 entry felt a little expensive for us but when you see the work that has been done and what still needs doing it puts it in perspective! I will come back in a few years to see how it is progressing and to see their new gallery in action! The pictures of the restoration in the stables show the... More

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I had read mixed reviews of Lowther Castle before we decided to go, but it is a magical place, slowly being uncovered by a huge restoration project. It is fascinating to see the various areas of once pristine gardens slowly being exposed and the information boards give a picture to the impression of how things used to be. We were... More

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Eye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

most wonderful fairy tale castle well worth a visit they have done so much work to the castle its amazing me and my husband have been to the lake district several years now and this was the first time actually going to visit the castle as i believe its only been open a couple of years dog and pram friendly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A vey good day out, beautiful gardens, a lot of work in progress. Superb views from the gardens to surrounding fells. Dog friendly and a good cafe too

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited Lowther because my daughter wanted to visit a castle but we were not expecting much as it was mostly ruins. Wow what a surprise we got! Yes it was mostly ruins but what a brilliant restoration programme was being carried out. The staff were very knowledgeable and very friendly. We all loved the gardens (even the dog) and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited here as a party with an age range of between 22 months and 65 years and can honestly say that each one of us loved our visit. Excellent cafe, lovely grounds and views, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and a truly inspiring (and ongoing) restoration effort that has clearly made tremendous progress already. Lowther does this all without the... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Another excellent 2014 Lowther show and horse trials. Weather was superb. Excellent value. Great for families and animal lovers.

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Darlington, England
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

An impromptu visit to Lowther Castle and gardens saw us part with a total of £16 entry fee for two adults. Had we known what we know now we would have saved the cash and simply walked around the paths surrounding the castle. The billing of the gardens needs to be much more explicit as there are in fact no... More

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Heather J, Manager at Lowther Castle and Gardens, responded to this review

We are sorry you felt disappointed by the lack of completed and planted gardens, though we will shortly have the Dan Pearson designed parterre planted once the soil has cleared its 'imported' weeds. In just under four years we have achieved huge amounts of clearance - the lawns and wildflower beds alone were under acres of concrete and industrial chicken... More

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