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Lowther Castle and Gardens

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Address: Penrith CA10 2HH, England
Phone Number: +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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Great for dog walking & babies

We come here several times a month as we live nearby. The cafe is lovely and happily accepts dogs/pushchairs/muddy boots. Although pricey the food is very good. The paths... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We come here several times a month as we live nearby. The cafe is lovely and happily accepts dogs/pushchairs/muddy boots. Although pricey the food is very good. The paths around the castle grounds are excellent for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed everywhere except the play castle. The views are beautiful and it's great place to go on wet and windy days... More 

Thank Bexd1987
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What an absolutely gorgeous place to visit.. when we first arrived I did wonder what we had paid for but you start walking round the grounds and it it's stunning.. it has a really good story behind it and some amazing hidden gardens. I LOVED this place and would go back again and again. The only thing I was disappointed... More 

Thank Hayley G
Winsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to pre-book the afternoon tea which we did as we wished to treat our niece. We were not disappointed. A lovely lady served us & could not do enough for us. Sadly I never asked her name. The plates arrived & there was a small selection of finger sandwiches, lots of dainty pieces of cake, scones with a... More 

Thank amanda40671
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to walk around and waste an hour or two, not an all day trip out but an interesting place to visit if you like this sort of thing.

Thank James G
Alloa, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning and impressive castle ruins, but amazing open grounds to walk dogs or take he family. As you enter the impressive inner court it just lovely, theres a shop, cafe and clean toilets. However we didn't pay the extra £8pp to view the other gardens or gallery, didn't think it was worth £32 for the short time we had. Would... More 

Thank Derek D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is in a wonderful setting - great views all around and if the weather is fine a great place to walk on fairly flat ground. The cafe is a good place to grab lunch or coffee and cake after a walk too! The shop has a great range of gifts too!

Thank C B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit Lowther Castle is has changed as the restoration slowly takes place both in the gardens and structures It is , and was, an elegant castle though much of it is gone The history, which you can read in the old cloisters which is now a lovely tearoom, is sad One of the previous ancestors spent all... More 

Thank Judygr1
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on Saturday as we had a rare day off together and didn't want to wonder too far from carlisle. We like castles as well but it was the gardens that made this place for us. I knew the castle was just ruins, and on hearing the £8 entry fee I thought that's a bit much just to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant venue for both adults and children. The children's playground caters for toddlers and older children and is very well designed.

Thank Jan G
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is very beautiful and looks like a film scene. The gardens are massive and pleasant pathway will guide you through. At the far end of the gardens there is a huge wooden castle playground, I felt like a kid and started going around and playing and had a lot of fun.

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