An impromptu visit to Lowther Castle and gardens saw us part with a total of £16 entry fee for two adults. Had we known what we know now we would have saved the cash and simply walked around the paths surrounding the castle. The billing of the gardens needs to be much more explicit as there are in fact no gardens as such. Simply places where gardens once were. The Rose Garden, for example is a lawn with a pile of rocks in the middle, the Iris Garden is woodland. The scentted garden is a piece of woodland. The highlight is reading the plaques which are placed there so you can at least see what is once was like!. This is one huge restoration project and in my view, they are trying to do too many things and accomplishing little. I completely understand that this is work in progress but they should perhaps concentrate on one phase which completes at least one garden. Instead you are left feeling that you shouldnt have bothered. Don't get me wrong I dont mind contributing to the restoration of the garden but I was looking forward to seeing at least one bed which was planted out. Instead I was left feeling a bit cheated. All I ask is that the advertising, promotional material and website is more explict so that those who part with the cash know what they are going to see. Good luck to the Lowther project but perhaps a little more focus would see some progress which could at least be appreciated by visitors parting with their hard earned cash.
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