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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Penrith CA10 2HH, England
01931 712192
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Ranked #6 of 28 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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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited unplanned today, on a glorious hot, sunny Saturday, with our 3 children and a dog. What an amazing find! There are lots of woodland walks, rope swings for the children, fantastic views and a great cafe. This was a magical place, my seven year old daughter kept expecting to find fairies in the woods. And the best bit... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The gardens are expensive to visit and in a state of disrepair. The house itself is a ruin with nothing to see and the gardens need a lot of work before they will be worth the money.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great place. Great to explore. But please please PLEASE le the little ones bring their balance bikes in. They are learning to ride a bike - they wont' do any stunts on the walls or run into anyone. They just want to tootle around and their little legs are quite up to walking the whole time.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went on recommendation and was not disappointed Work in progress in garden but it is looking good. Poss a bit expensive at £8 each entry ( to garden) The updating of the castle outer walls is impressive the completed courtyard is well done with a nice gift shop and Cafe etc. history is fascinating.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The renovations are ongoing and it is great to see a castle and gardens salvaged that will be there for future generations to enjoy.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautiful place, full of character and a restoration work in progress. I loved the woods, full of interest and red squirrells.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

very good value for money kids go free which was an attraction for us. guy at the gate [stuart i think his name was] knows his stuff and was very good with the kids giving them a brief history and building the whole thing up castle is pretty much a shell but this lets you see the building tecniques used... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lowther castle and grounds is a work in progress, wonderful nevertheless. The castle and grounds fell into disrepair as a result of IHT bills and is now in the process of being regenerated. The castle is being renovated and as such is not a "working" monument, however the buildings do offer a glimpse of the life that was. The gardens... More

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A stunningly magical place. Looking forward to seeing Lowther unfurl in future years to come. Well done to everyone involved in its restoration.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There is a little to see of the castle remains, work is being undertaken to try to improve the area. There are some nice woodland walks, hides and summerhouses. The view over the lake district is amazing on a fine day. Much work is needed to improve on the "gardens".

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