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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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hmmm not the best place to visit

we visited lowther castle after leaving Appleby in westmorland and Im sorry to say unless your extremely fit and don't mind a lot of walking then its not really the place for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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82 reviews 82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

we visited lowther castle after leaving Appleby in westmorland and Im sorry to say unless your extremely fit and don't mind a lot of walking then its not really the place for you. Ive got a slight mobility problem and unless your prepared to walk for miles around the grounds there isn't an awful lot else to do, as its... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We liked the way the gardens are being retired to their former glory! Lots of work to be done but it will be worth it. The views from the castle are stunning. The courtyard is complete and there is a shop, cafeteria and a display will be made available soon.

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Spalding, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited with friends but will not be going back any time soon. £24.40 for 4 drinks and cake which I thought was pricey. No access to ruined Castle and not a lot happening in the 180 acres of garden. Shop was a bit disorganised and overpriced. Looks the part from the outside but not a lot on offer.

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Seascale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Back again! Great to see what the Trust is doing in bringing this gem back to life. What a shame the last two Generations of Lowthers had to let it get into the state it had got into; but good to see this generation leading in its revival. Much work already done in unearthing the garden gems that were buried.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Though it is under renovation, you could see it used to be a very beautiful castle. And from what i see, it will be brought back to its original splendour. I hope to go again and see it once it is done.

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Bacup, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We were spending the day exploring local landmarks and castles, this was very impressive on walking down the drive from the car park. The history is very interesting and we loved the timeline in the cafe. When we read the castle is only 200 years old we weren't inclined to pay to see it but we had a wander around,... More 

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Penrith, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

this is a great place to visit, the restoration work is fantastic, the ongoing work to restore the gardens is impresive, and you are free to walk through woodland to see the impresive views over the Lowther valley, then upto Jack Croft Pond and one of the many summer houses used by the lowther family. The cafe has a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We visited Lowther Castle on 12th Feb at the end of our lake district holiday. It was very quiet being the week before half term, and we were met by a lovely lady in the ticket office. She obviously knew her stuff about the history of the castle and was very helpful in giving us guidance on the layout of... More 

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Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My wife and I called in whilst in the area. The views were not at their best due to low lying cloud. However this will not put us off returning at a later and sunnier date. We did try the coffee shop and also visited the extensive gift shop where we bought some plants.

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Shap, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We took our daughter and niece for the day - restoration work has gotten underway and certain parts are now accessible and look great. The walk around the grounds is very interesting with some fantastic sites. Plenty for the kids to do, and a history lesson for the adults.

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