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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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Enjoyable grounds & interesting history

We visited as a group of friends on a day out whilst visiting the area. It was a rainy day but we are not shy of the rain. Signposting to it wasn't brilliant and it is typical... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited as a group of friends on a day out whilst visiting the area. It was a rainy day but we are not shy of the rain. Signposting to it wasn't brilliant and it is typical Cumbria narrow country roads so take care. The shop in the courtyard was closed, so there was no opportunity to browse; The entrance... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A magical place to visit. This beautiful castle has a fairy tale look and is absolutely stunning. Lots of renovations going on around the gardens. Unfortunately we timed our visit badly as spring has not quite sprung there yet! Will definitely go back in the summer to see how the gardens have progressed. A worthwhile place to visit.

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Pickering, North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not sure whether to bother with this, it didn't seem to have much to offer and the weather was iffy. We are so glad we did bother. The remains of the castle are interesting and get you wondering what it would be like when occupied. The grounds are extensive and are being restored. There are a number of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had the most delicious soup in the fantastically designed cafe, ultra modern in this great courtyard. Comfortable banquettes and plenty of happy dogs sitting quietly beside their owners.Food all looked delicious cheese scones a must!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for the Halloween event and can't remember going to an event more memorable on Halloween it was exciting from start to finish for us all was very relaxing having a class of wine in the court yard whilst we watched the difference shows then proceeding round the route to have the life scared out of us was so much... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lowther is undergoing extensive renovation. The history of the place is fascinating and well worth looking into before your visit. The interest lies in what was and what it will be. There's just so much potential. The café is good, dog friendly and tasty food. I think the entry fee of £8 per adult is well justified. Definitely one to... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grounds of Lowther Castle are a work in progress as the "lost gardens" are rediscovered and opened again to the public. We visited after a two year gap and were deleighted at the progress. Our Grandaughter LOVED the HUGE wooden castle…big enough for we adults to explore! She especially liked the zip wire and the rope swings dotted around... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely early spring walk through the gardens of this beautiful historic castle. It's a work in progress; much renovation is taking place, the amazing Hidden Castle adventure playground was just about finished and apparently will open next weekend - it looked spectacular and will be wonderul for both kids and adults. The very friendly and helpful lady volunteer... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 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.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

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