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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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The grounds are so beautiful, I find this place so strange because the castle looks so beautiful from afar when in reality it's just a shell. The gardens are so gorgeous, there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The grounds are so beautiful, I find this place so strange because the castle looks so beautiful from afar when in reality it's just a shell. The gardens are so gorgeous, there are 5 tree swings which my daughters loved, the staff were very friendly and informative. Brilliant day out!

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The gardens at Lowther are being restored after being neglected from the 1930s. At present, the interest is more historical and archaeological than horticultural: what you see is a huge project in progress. We last went when the gardens were first opened to the public and much of the site was a mess. Now the great South Lawns have been... More 

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Great Harwood, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We have visited here several times when I'm the area. It's fascinating to see the gardens develop and great to compare the photos from how the gardens used to look years ago. It's excellent value for money (kids go free, adults only £8). We've also enjoyed the theme days - Easter hunt and ghost hunt at Halloween. We always take... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Went here having seen the website and read a few reviews. As others have said, this is a project, but it was lovely to watch the changes taking place in front of your eyes. They are busy planting inside of the castle, which will be amazing when it is complete. We walked around the whole area in under two hours... More 

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Breathtaking venue for trading at Kendal Calling Festival. The Little Blue Pig vintage Citroën HY coffee van will certainly be returning.

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Anna S, Manager at Lowther Castle and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We too feel it's a fantastic location though I wish to point out that Kendal Calling is held at Lowther Deer Park which is separate to Lowther Castle & Gardens. We hope you enjoy future Kendal Calling Festivals and are able to visit the Castle & Gardens when you're next in the area. Thank you. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We'd visited the castle previously but didn't go into the gardens. So glad we did go in this time... Such a beautiful setting and so much fun. There is something for everyone, the kids particularly impressed with the tree swings! Great value for money too!

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went to Lowther Castle Estates show, And what a wonderful day out we had, We watched The Subaru Horse Carriage trials that was super.. There is Terrier and Lucher champ and racing, also Great Wall motor clay shooting championships Then Gundog trials, then all the trade stalls and hot food stalls etc etc .Then to finish it off i... More 

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Anna S, Manager at Lowther Castle and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I wish to point out that the Lowther Show is in fact separate to Lowther Castle & Gardens. It is held just north of the castle and run by Countryman Fairs. I will pass on your comments as I'm sure they will be pleased to hear your feedback. Thank you More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Joined as a member , and we haven't looked back it a great place to walk around , the cafe serves good food and its dog friendly

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were greated by the very enthusiastic Stuart who told what not miss. In 1h and 30 minutes we covered the whole area. We found the park still in a very bad state. Lots of ruins and little explanations. The castle ruins are pointless as you cannot even go in to see the walls. The Japanese gardens were in a... More 

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Anna S, Manager at Lowther Castle and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we're very sorry to hear that you felt disappointed by your visit to Lowther Castle & Gardens. We fully appreciate that being a garden & castle renovation project our offer is different in many ways to that of a typical garden attraction. If a typical garden attraction is your expectation then you'll be met with... More 

Oxfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visited Lowther last year, my husband, parents, and me, and it has left a lasting impression on myself. As you may read on other reviews, this Castle is a restoration project in progress so don't go expecting a complete building and grounds. However, that is exactly what makes this place so unusual and special. You get to see the... More 

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