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Lowther Castle and Gardens

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Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
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+44 1931 712192
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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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We couldn't enter Lowther Castle today because it was closed for maintenance. However we did enjoy the beautiful grounds. The estate is immaculately kept and today new parking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We couldn't enter Lowther Castle today because it was closed for maintenance. However we did enjoy the beautiful grounds. The estate is immaculately kept and today new parking facilities were being built for the spring season. It was lovely to view the castle across the lawns and I hope to return soon to complete the experience.

Thank theharrogatelady
Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe good for lunch from specials board , also soup and Rolodex for those requiring a less substantial meal

Thank Brian G
Kendal, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous place to go for a either date, chill time or a family event. Lot of walking to enjoy nice views or you could sit down for a picnic. Smashing children area which was build recently will keep your kids busy for hours. Been there couple of times in winter and summer but Haloween Event its probably my favorite :)

Thank Agnieszka M
Yorkshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely staff, enjoy self-guided strolls round the place. Quite steep in places, but the main lawn's wildflowers are terrific in June-July. The hidden play fort is barmily brilliant for woodland play for kids. My 70 year old mum enjoyed the tree swings too. I don't like everything Lowther is trying to do around Cumbria, but this attraction is great. Compliments... More 

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entry charge of £8 is pricey at the moment but hopefully once the restoration and renovation is completed it will be better value; so what do you get for your money. Well with the exception of well designed Exhibition area the Castle is just an empty shell; which reminded me of Witley court in Worcestershire. The exhibitions focus mainly... More 

Thank Philip S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really wonderful place to visit and highly recommended, the castle is open in the summer so check times of opening carefully, but the surrounding countryside is very beautiful and often overlooked by those rushing to the lakes

Thank johnclewes2016
Penrith, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Lowther Castle and gardens are just magical and magnificent. The history attached to this historic building is a treat to know and very interesting . If you can afford it buy the book in the shop entitled ' The Yellow Earl ' who owned the castle during the end of the Victorian era and beginning of the 20th century .A... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Trying to be a 'northern ' lost garden but without the Tim Schmidt input The views to the Helton fell area is the highlight

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Surat Thani, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Obviously living in Thailand means we don't get to visit Lowther very often so changes are perhaps more noticeable. Whatever time of year, there always something of interest to see and the exercise of walking around the grounds can only be beneficial! The views of the surrounding countryside are magnificent with the trees in winter forming wonderful silhouettes. It's definitely... More 

Thank Suratrichard
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Took my partner for the day, walked from penrith which was about a 5/6 mile walk. I did think we would see more inside, but after seeing how much is actually left of the castle and not derelict I understood why. Cafe great and reasonable, gardens and walks fantastic, amazing play areas for children. Spent about 3-4hrs, had we not... More 

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