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“Fascinating”

Lowther Castle and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 58 things to do in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Lowther Castle sits on a majestic elevated spot a few miles south of Penrith. Surrounded by acres of woodland and ancient gardens, the ruined castle is a stunning place to visit for families of all sizes and ages. An adventure playground in the woods is amazing for the younger visitor; the gardens are a feast for the imagination; the café offers food for all palates; and the shop sells a range of delightful Lowther and other goodies. Dogs on leads very welcome.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 5 April 2012

We have visited the gardens at Lowther several times and found it really interesting to see how they are being restored to their former state, and to learn about the history of the place and the resident wildlife

We were lucky to be able to attend a very interesting talk/guided walk by the landscape architect, Dominic Cole, who really brought the place to life

Looking forward to going back very soon to see the converted stable block

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Reviewed 12 November 2011

I had a very nice visit to Lowther Castle. It is still a building site, as they are in the process of restoring the Castle, but it still makes for an interesting day out. The gardens are still being worked on as well, but you can wander around and see them - and it's still very beautiful. I can't wait to go back when the Castle work is done next year.

5  Thank macleic
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

I was rather dubious about visiting an attraction that is still in the making but with the weather on our side I changed my mind and thought it a good idea to visit and be able to follow up with further visits and chart the progress as these gardens are reinstated. They have their work cut out. I thoroughly enjoyed the expereince and look forward to going back. A proper tea room would be a nice addition. they have an honesty system and self service at the moment.
It cost £5

5  Thank jlwatkinson
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

My wife and I visited and first of all there is no concession for the disabled. The castle itself was mostly covered in scaffold. The 'gardens' were all dug up and just soil. The paths were not suitable for wheelchairs. We struggled around the basic walk then went home pretty disgusted we had paid a tenner for the experience. We were there for less than an hour.

3  Thank Gareth A
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devonandrew, Manager at Lowther Castle and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2011

Disappointed to read this review. We have been diligent to explain that Lowther Castle and Gardens is very much "work in progress" and many thousands of visitors have taken great delight in experiencing a major restoration project up close and personal. Their responses to the project can been reviewed on our popular Facebook page (follow the link from our website www.lowthercastle.org)

Paths around the 160 acre site are in places uneven, and the project is busy with over 60 skilled craftsmen and women on site. If you are looking for crisp gadrens, spanking new cafe, shops, gallery and exhibition areas then please come in 2012.

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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Lowther is fabulous and it's so exciting to see the house and gardens brought back to life. The consolidation of the house and the craftsmanship being put into it is really interesting and there are information boards explaining the process and plans. The garden has been a complete wilderness but has a magical and weird quality as parts of it are uncovered a rescued from the vegetation. It will be wonderful to return to Lowther at intervals as the work continues. The views from the escarpment are stunning.
Go and wander!

4  Thank Bob190736
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