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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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The Hidden Castle

We were lucky enough to view and play at this brand new attraction, deep in the forest at Lowther Castle. Hidden amongst the trees, a 10min walk from the Castle (wear stout... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sandra P
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to view and play at this brand new attraction, deep in the forest at Lowther Castle. Hidden amongst the trees, a 10min walk from the Castle (wear stout shoes)you will find a beautiful wooden Castle with slides, zip wires, swings and a bridge to cross. Kids of all ages will be enchanted! Bring a picnic and... More 

Thank Sandra P
North East England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful and innovative treatment of a house that could not be saved as a house, but couldn't be allowed to deteriorate any further. The gardens are beautiful, but also an exciting work in progress. We loved the potential of the Edwardian gardens and are looking forward to visits in the future to see how things develop. We... More 

Thank Ravelling
Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Lowther hall for the first time, July 2016 with family and Grandchildren, youngest 11 years old. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, thought th building is just a shell, lots of work has been done to make it interesting. The gardens are lovely and are clearly a work in progress. There are some great views from the escarpment and some... More 

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

Lovely place to bring the kids,loads of room to run about. Would say to bring an all terrain Pram as its stoney and struggled with our fold up travel Pram. All in all a good day out. Plenty of places for picnics and bike riding too

Thank niamhrose9881
Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stunning gardens in progress and imporvments and renovation going on all the time. A great adventure and fascinating journey unfolding from its historical past to its future growth.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third visit since 2013 and the restoration project is developing nicely. The grounds are coming along, there is a new exhibition and an adventure playground is about to open. Very peaceful to wander around the woodland. Worth an annual visit!

Thank Gareth J
Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The castle itself has only the outer walls with no roof.Inside there are flowers which is very nice but doesn't offer more than a few minutes of "entertaimentt" The property is very big and its nice for walk,but it feels a bit empty.The trust which is taking care of the property puts a big effort to revive it but they... More 

Thank Rolf R
Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit. It's not what you expect but very interesting to see and some great views. Lots of walking with some steep slopes to Climb. Some areas not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. I can see this developing all the time.

Thank tim186328
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old castle which is in the process of being restored along with its gardens. If you like a bit of history then you'll enjoy a visit here. There's not much inside to see but you get a sense of how magnificent this castle once was. The gardens are stunning and more is being uncovered. The new adventure area looks... More 

Thank caron0505
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this castle and gardens. As clearly documented they are still in the process of been renovated so don't expect everything to be completed. The castle ruins are spectacular and majestic, these are now complemented by new plant borders which will take a while to mature but look really lovely due to plant choices. There are informative boards placed... More 

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