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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

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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For what is effectively a ruin, we spent a good few hours exploring the grounds. We've a daughter of 9, so the 'lost castle'- a wooden adventure playground in the shape of a large... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Malcolm M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For what is effectively a ruin, we spent a good few hours exploring the grounds. We've a daughter of 9, so the 'lost castle'- a wooden adventure playground in the shape of a large castle was great- as well as the rope swings etc. The sting in the tail us that kids over 5 are only a pound cheaper for... More 

Thank Malcolm M
Esher, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was strange returning to Lowther as we both knew the Castle before it was reduced to a facade in 1956. It has been reopened on the pretext that the gardens are to be restored. I must warn you that this is very much a work in progress which has a very long way to go. Having said that the... More 

Thank roadcred
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A "romantic ruined castle set in 130 acres of lost historic gardens rediscovered and now being in the process of being restored. Closed to the public for over 70 years in 2011 it became one of Europes largest reclamation projects. There are beautiful original features mixed with wild areas and on the west side a limestone escarpment with stunning views... More 

1 Thank Amanda K
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a hidden Gem, The approach is so impressive, we didn't have time to go in the castle & gardens but a wander round the gift shop and then into the café for Lunch, we asked at the counter for appropriate lunch for my disabled daughter who can only eat puree food, nothing on menu so settled for coffee, while... More 

Thank Josie S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic views. Very reasonable admission fee. Adventure playground for the children and some rope swings for us older children too. Very impressed.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The main things to do are look at an impressive shell of a castle, although one wing does have a good indoor exhibition, look over the extensive gardens which are very much work in progress, eat at the nice café, look over the shop or for the children; visit the lost castle playground, although as an adult, I enjoyed the... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been a lot of years since I last visited lowther The work is still going on to renovate and the hard work is looking amazing Ample parking and a well serviced shop and cafe greet you From there you walk through and pay before entering the gardens. At £8.00 per adult it's not too bad but children at £7.00... More 

Thank wilkie74
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here today. We were greeted by the best host we have ever met called Stuart. He was so welcoming and so happy. We immediately felt welcome! The castle is beautiful, it literally took our breath away from the minute you walk out the car park. There are information plaques plotted all around the grounds so if you're a... More 

Thank Lani P
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped off here to break up a long drive and were pleasantly surprised. It is easy to get to with plenty of parking. The level of restoration really is fascinating. I usually get bored reading through some history at Castle visits, but this certainly was not the case here. The presentation of the gardens is incredible and feels magical... More 

Thank BlueAde
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the castle in the summer for the new castle play area - which is brilliant and definitely worth a visit if you're staying in the area. Children were free at that time and adults were £8 each so it was a reasonably priced few hours spent, however they have now introduced a charge of £7 per child which... More 

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