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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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Work in progress but worth a visit.

Had a lovely stroll round the gardens with lots of daffs still out. Even though the Castle is a ruin it is still impressive. The cafe is good and the food looked appetising. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The gardens would have been amazing in their day, but the place is now just a somewhat expensive educational walk. Sadly plans to restore them are quite limited too. A great venue on a lovely day - lots of great vistas for picnics, but the weather wasn't up to much for us. I appreciate the entry fee funds the restoration... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Visiting Lowther Castle is different to the norm as it is now a ruin. You go there really for the gardens, such as they are, and the views, some of which are stunning. The management are slowing bringing things back and one day I expect it will be fabulous. Currently, however, you have to use your imagination to an extent.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely stroll round the gardens with lots of daffs still out. Even though the Castle is a ruin it is still impressive. The cafe is good and the food looked appetising. We just had a coffee and flapjack which was delicious. Excellent gift shop. Could have spent a fortune! An enjoyable visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

spent the afternoon exploring the beautiful surroundings. some areas inaccessible to me as im disabled but thoroughly enjoyed my day. gardens no good to disabled unless in powered chair or scooter, wheelchair users like me do need help pushing on gravel paths & slopes. highly recommend the cafe, i had the cheese scone & a coffee. the gift shop is... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was part of a group who had a guided evening visit here. I hadn't been since the beginning of the project about four years ago and a lot of work has been done since then. The gardens are still being developed but since our last visit much has been renovated, parts of the garden revealed and the café and... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We took our dog here for a walk , the grounds are lovely , probably a bit expensive for a just a dog walk but we are helping I the restoration when paying and it's a nice place to look around and take. A picnic on a lovely day we may go back and is this, we even had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Incredible views, lovely lunch, loved the herons nesting in the pine trees - who knew they nested in trees, not on the ground?! Enjoyed the adult- friendly tree swings, brilliant fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Often passed by but decided we must visit. An added incentive was that my great grandfather and grandfather were gardeners at Lowther in late 19th century. A major programme of securing the remains of the great house and restoration of the gardens is underway. None of this detracts from a visit. The house is much larger than I imagined and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We live in Penrith, near Lowther Castle Gardens and go for regular walks. The trees, the flowers, everything is beautiful. We also cant say enough about the quality of food in the cafe and the lovely staff who serve you. A must visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

If you have an interest in history/gardens and love the fresh air, this is a great day out! It is very reasonably priced at £8 per adult and free for children under 16. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly and it was interesting seeing them at work. A great deal of time and effort has gone into the restoration works... More 

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