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Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe

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Address: Askham CA10 2PF, England
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+44 1931 712348

Enjoy the gardens, relax in the Kitchen Garden Cafe and visit the animals....

Enjoy the gardens, relax in the Kitchen Garden Cafe and visit the animals. The gardens are full of interesting features including colourful terraces and herbaceous borders, formal lawns, kitchen gardens, woodlands, meadows and ponds. There are impressive views too and you can buy some plants to take home with you. At the Kitchen Garden Cafe you can enjoy coffee, cakes, light lunches including pizzas and other hot food from the outdoor wood-fired oven. Homemade ice-creams and cordials are also on the menu. We grow and rear as much of our own produce as possible for Askham Hall Cafe and our pub and restaurant the George and Dragon in nearby Clfton.You can meet the animals too in our special animal viewing area - including rare-breed pigs, goats and shorthorn cattle and soon, free-range chickens and ducks. And children can also enjoy the outdoor play area.

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Compact gardens

The grade 2 listed gardens are open to the public and for just £4 you can get to spend about a hour in a delightful but compact garden. The gardens paper guide is very much... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Philip S
Pakenham, United Kingdom
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Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess we must have visited on a down day. We are a party of four, and all live local. We arrived for a late lunch. The menu is limited, but the food looked ok so we ordered. We ordered soup for two and scones for two and coffees. So really nothing complicated. The cafe was quiet with only another... More 

Thank AnitaJ193
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Askham Hall for a family wedding. Our group had the hotel for the weekend and we held the wedding ceremony, dinner and party at the Hall. The setting is fantastic, the listed building and grounds are worth the visit in themselves. The local area is ideal for walking, with Lowther Castle a short walk away from the... More 

2 Thank LiverpoolChillaxed
Pakenham, United Kingdom
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610 reviews
547 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The grade 2 listed gardens are open to the public and for just £4 you can get to spend about a hour in a delightful but compact garden. The gardens paper guide is very much handmade but tells you all you need to know and the paths to follow; although after a while you find yourself making up your own... More 

Thank Philip S
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Just walked around the grounds and garden which were very pleasant and reasonably accessible apart from one steeper path. Signposting a bit vague at one point so ended up backtracking and nearly missing the vegetable garden. Tea room busy and appeared to be have a reasonable range of snacks and baking but we didn't try it. Staff friendly make sure... More 

Thank Tudor J
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Overpriced Pretentious WiFi didnt work reliably in my room (it is 2016 for gods sake so whyyyyyy?) Some bloke asked me to unplug my laptop so he could put the light on for the Evening guests. What about the weekend guest that has to use the wifi in the communal area because it is unreliable in his room? Room small,... More 

Thank Martin V
CielHotels, Front Office Manager at Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, We are sorry that you felt disappointed regarding your recent stay with us. We do apologise about the WIFI, ordinarily our WIFI is very reliable but unfortunately there seemed to be an issue with the booster near your room that day, which we have looked into and the problem is now sorted however, the WIFI was working throughout... More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Went here for a annual fair.quite impressive place to have one.cafe on premises which helped as it was a cold day and good prices.staff really nice.would defo go back.

Thank Bruce R
Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Three of us had beef and ale stew today and it was awful - tough meat, loads of gristle. All three of us did not enjoy it at all: one of us could barely eat any of it. This was particularly disappointing as we have eaten there frequently. When we mentioned this to staff the response was that they were... More 

1 Thank Hiljane
CielHotels, Front Office Manager at Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your review, any positive or negative feedback is always greatly appreciated. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed after your recent visit with us. As a returning customer, you will know that our food is normally of a certain standard and we apologise that we didn’t meet your past expectations. Had we realised... More 

Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

All very orderly here, and things still flowering even in October. This is a boutique hotel, wedding venue, etc, but was the home (and maybe still is) of some of the Lowther family of Lowther Castle. Cafe upmarket, warm, loos clean. Lots of steps if you take certain paths.Lots of confetti on the terrace!

Thank sarw
Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We called in for lunch after visiting lowther castle. The pulled pork sandwich was delicious the chips were to die for. Love the salad selections you can choose from too. The garden area is great for children as you can sit and eat and watch the children play.

1 Thank jesscat_13
manchester, UK
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The cafe was recommended by the hosts at New Ing Lodge in Shap. We drove along pretty back lanes to reach it , so that we could have lunch before heading off on our journey on the motorway. Askham Hall and gardens has a brown sign, its a historic property, You can go to the cafe without having to pay... More 

1 Thank littlezoe

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