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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Penrith CA10 2HH, England
+44 1931 712192
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: A place of inspiration. The gardens at Lowther castle have lain abandoned for 70 years, and the...
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Type: Castles, Gardens, Cultural
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 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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19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Absolutely love this place!!! The gardens are so well kempt and the staff are lovely. I have family related to the Lowther's and know their life story. Amazing place.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We visited the cafe for lunch yesterday and were not disappointed. One of our party had Turkey escalopes wth stuffing, pigs in blankets and seasonal mash, which was delicious, while the other two had the best ever home made cheeseburgers with chunky chips to die for and a dressed side salad. The staff were friendly helpful and efficient and the... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

All the food are superb and the service are friendly and a warm atmosphere in the restaurant I liked everything

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is an amazing attraction that people should make every effort to visit. The work being done by the craftsman is testament to talent available in our country many Chat to Paul on the gate who is a true enthusiast and will tell you everything you would need to know about Lowther and its history.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The castle is a ruin although you can walk round the outside of it. They are still doing work to renovate it. The gardens are being renovated as well but well worth visiting and walking round. The grounds have been beautiful in their day, as can be seen from the old photos, but that's not to say what is there... More 

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Saltcoats, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

In the process of reconstruction but what an awesome building and grounds..lots of work to be undertaken but very impressive..courtyard has cafe..

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

we hadn't heard of Lowther Castle before but we were staying locally and saw a leaflet. It was Halloween and we headed here for the afternoon to find that there were plenty of events going on. The lady who welcomed us in and took our money was absolutely lovely, knowledgeable and welcoming. She is exactly the type of person you... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is an amazing renovation project which is being carried out by a devoted and skilful team of people. Each time we visit there is something new to see. The tea room makes a wonderful place to begin or end your adventure here. Good food and good value. The new gift shop stocks great ideas for birthday gifts for all... More 

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I was aware of this castle as a child but was so glad to see it under restoration . It's a "work in progress" but never the less interesting . The warden taking payment was a vast mine of information which enhanced the mystery and the history surrounding the place . The five woodland slides gave our adult children and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Visited here in late October. We wasn't aware that it was under restoration, however that didn't matter at all. It was interesting to see the 'work in motion'. Plenty to walk around and see. The kids enjoyed the wooded areas and open spaces along with the two rope swings. They were very basic but that's all you need for fun.... More 

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