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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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Great place to visit

Lovely grounds, plenty of space for kids to run around and play. Lost castle enjoyable for children between 4 and 11yrs. We are members of English Heritage so each got a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely grounds, plenty of space for kids to run around and play. Lost castle enjoyable for children between 4 and 11yrs. We are members of English Heritage so each got a small discount on entry fee. Nice for a picnic on a sunny day. Exhibition showing history of castle and Gardens. Still some restoration going on in parts but did... More 

Thank Sandra A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful castle set in stunning grounds, lovely cafe in the courtyard which you can visit without having to pay entry into the castle. Great day out.

Thank angelakoheathencote
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here for the day with my 2 boys aged 7 and 11 and had a great time. We spent ages playing in the wooden castle and around it and then just as much time exploring the real castle and gardens. Only negative was the cost of food and drinks in the cafe.

Thank sambojambo1977
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the holiday park and discovered the castle on one of our walks. It has a great coffee shop, can't remember the cost to enter but worth a visit.

Thank Bernadette P
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous place which I have never seen advertised before. We found it through staying at centerparcs as it is just a couple of miles down the road. Amazing castle ruins like no other, really pretty and you can also see an exhibition on how it is being restored, very interesting. Gorgeous grounds and gardens. Would recommend a... More 

Thank Lisa C
Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Extensive grounds loads of fun for kids of all ages. The castle has informed details for adult visitors. Also a t room and toilets and shop

Thank Nigel H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We (four adults and a two year old) visited this castle expecting an hour or so of looking at the castle and maybe a cup of tea as the weather was overcast with showers but we ended up spending far longer here and had to leave before we covered everything. The Castle itself was wonderful to look at and walk... More 

Thank MulchyG
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited as a family of 5 including a 5 year old, 1 year old and dog. We had heard some great reviews and as Lowther Castle is on our doorstep and somewhere we had never visited before we decided to spend a day here. We brought our own picnic to eat within the grounds as it was a lovely... More 

Thank jacq5227
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredible day the children loved it beautiful gardens and castle ruins vast spaces for the kids to just run and the lost castle was a huge hit so much to see and do Very friendly and helpful staff Great homemade fresh food on offer in the cafe Lovely clean and well presented facilities

Thank Vicky M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was our first visit to Lowther castle and we loved every minute. Our two children (5 and 8) enjoyed finding the rock garden and other hidden treasures in the grounds. The adventure playground was also a great hit and kept them entertained for ages. Loved the tree swings and discovering the pond too. Friendly staff and nice courtyard. Would... More 

Thank Rebecca P

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