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Lowther Castle and Gardens

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Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Phone Number: +44 1931 712192
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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A nice walk

Impressive project, very much an ambitious work in progress. A nice walk on a sunny day, not cheap though. Nice cafe, great menu, but inexperienced staff struggle a bit when busy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Impressive project, very much an ambitious work in progress. A nice walk on a sunny day, not cheap though. Nice cafe, great menu, but inexperienced staff struggle a bit when busy.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Visited today, sun was out, lovely views and walks across Lowther Park, impressive courtyard with great cafe, shop and plants. Parking, walks and courtyard all free. Did not have time for garden tour which has small charge, but going back to visit soon. Restoration is on going and they are doing a wonderful job.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Visited here recently on a beautiful sunny day - what a stunning place to visit. Lovely restaurant also and shop. The grounds are superb to walk around. I know that the castle is being restored, but was a bit disappointed not to see anyone working on the day that I visited. Would be nice to see it fully restored, although... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Visiting in April probably not the best for a Garden visit. 2015 - Renovation work in progress. The food was good shame the service could have been better. The reason for the longer time to visit is to allow time to enjoy the additional walks that are available and possibly enjoy a picnic.

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Despite the fact that this is a restoration project in progress and areas of the castle are closed off, you can get up close and marvel at this impressive building. It is worth finding out the history of this building. The gentleman in the ticket office was incredibly knowledgeable and very welcoming. The ruin sits in an amazing landscape which... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was definitely worth the visit, especially for people who love leisurely strolls. If you're not one for walking then this probably isn't the place for you. One thing that I enjoyed most about the place, is that despite the car park being full (which could do with extending,) and there being quite a few visitors, it always seemed quiet,... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely day at Lowther Castle, the castle ruin is very impressive and the grounds are great for a leisurely walk. The cafe serves very tasty food, and the staff are lovely. Our teenage children enjoyed the rope swings and exploring the grounds!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is very beautiful castle but just a structure as inside its completely ruined and currently under rebuild. This castle has massive and beautiful garden . You can very well spend your day with the family in the small jungle this castle has. Last week I did ester egg adventure with my daughter and had very much fun

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Castle alone is worth the visit, standing in magnificent parkland it gets better each time we visit. Lots of space for lots of visitors without becoming crowded. Lots of different spots to visit, with some fantastic views. Nice tree swings.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We visited the castle with no real expectations, given some of the negative reviews we read on here. The guide who greeted us at the entrance made it very clear that the castle and gardens were being restored and told us how large the site was and what we would be likely to see. He was well informed and helpful... More 

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