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Lowther Castle and Gardens

Penrith CA10 2HH, England
+44 1931 712192
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Amazing castle with an interesting history. Cafe food was disappointing & pricey

I visited recently with my parents. I absolutely love Lowther Castle and every time I travel to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Great day out for kids - old & new

A very good venue for children (of all ages!). 130 acres of grounds to run around in and have fun... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Penrith CA10 2HH, England
+44 1931 712192
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited recently with my parents. I absolutely love Lowther Castle and every time I travel to Penrith I try and make a visit. We didn't have time to see the gardens but went into the cafe for some food. Every time I visit the...More

Thank Hertfordshire2014
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very good venue for children (of all ages!). 130 acres of grounds to run around in and have fun. I particularly liked the lost castle in the wood, an imaginative wooden castle reconstruction which includes a tunnel slide and a slipwire ride - and...More

Thank jalancarter
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely location with a castle ruins (there is no roof) and informative exhibits about the history of the castle. The grounds are beautiful with nice vistas of the surrounding area, but I thought the the gardens were a disappointing. The map showed...More

Thank nancynj
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with the gardens. We have been very fortunate to have been working with landscape gardener Dan Pearson to bring life back to the gardens. Our recent work has been focused on the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Lowther Castle on Saturday 15th July, as we were staying in a lovely little cottage in the nearby town of Lazonby. I had researched the castle online, and looked at a few pictures, but it is only when you see the castle up...More

Thank Dan F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow what a place. The gardens are amazing. The history of the place is amazing. The newly built castle is a child's dream.We have been several times and wanted to visit since the new castle was built. We saw a difference since the last time...More

1  Thank Jacqui G
Management response:Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your 5 star review. We're delighted to hear from 'big kids' who have enjoyed the lost castle adventure playground and had a day of fun. We hope to see you again soon. Keep on playing!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good access for wheelchair users although there are a few hills to go up. The grounds and gardens are well worth the visit along with the ruins and the adventure playground. If you like the look of the publications and advertisement you shouldn't be disappointed....More

Thank Heleninium
Management response:Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review. It's good to hear about wheelchair access as this is something we are keen to promote as part of our accessibility plans.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! From the moment I got out of my car and viewed the castle it took my breath away and captured my imagination. We got there early, about 10 minutes before it opened and enjoyed sitting in the courtyard watching the hubhub of staff getting...More

Thank thewife1406
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great variety of walking options here to suit most abilities. Sadly you have to pay to tour the gardens but everything else is free. The cafe is excellent and the staff pleasant and obliging. Most of the parkland is open 24/7 since a public road...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing day out...kids loved the castle play are and they even had free face painting! The gardens are a lovely walk too and a picnic on the grass makes it cheaper for families

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely visit to Lowther Castle. We wanted to go to celebrate my nephews 4th birthday. He loved it. We spent at least 4 hours mostly in the children's hidden castle. It's a well thought out children's play area. There's a cafe with...More

Thank Ellie H
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Hi Ellie, So pleased to hear you and your nephew had a lovely day here exploring the beautiful gardens and the impressive lost castle. I'll pass on your comments to the great teams who make everything happen here. Thank you for taking the time to...More

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25 June 2017|
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Response from Keith S | Reviewed this property |
Caterers for all ages younger ones (3-6yrs) seemed to enjoy it more
18 May 2017|
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Response from George D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for delay, been on more travels. There's no direct public transport. You would have to get taxi/cab from railway station.