Welcome to Lowther Castle & Gardens - open every day from 10 am to 4 pm ( Winter Opening hours - last entry to the Gardens 3pm). Dogs on leads welcome.
Lowther Castle Cafe and Shop are open every day from 10 am to 4.00 pm, situated in the stable courtyard with free access.
Lowther is a magical place of discovery. The sandstone ruins of the magnificent castle and 130 acres of rediscovered gardens, hidden from public view for over 70 years, have been the subject of one of the largest restoration projects in Europe. Our intention is not to recreate what has been,rather to uncover some elements of the extraordinary history of this site by giving glimpses into the past. Wander in stunning woodlands, with an occasional view of red squirrels and a wonderful array of birds - including a heronry perched high above the Iris gardens. Admire the stunning views of the Western Lakeland Fells as you stroll along the escarpment path, or marvel at the scale of the some of the gardens stunning features including the Pate D'Oie, Jack Croft's Pond or partially uncovered Japanese Garden.The long vista down the main lawn and bare trees add to the sense of freedom and exploration you can always enjoy here; well behaved dogs on leads are always welcome, and will continue to be so.
We've had a few fallen trees in the winter's wild and windy storms, but otherwise have coped well; and plans continue for the new garden work this year as well as the finalising of the stabilisation of the ruins. Our wildflower beds, stocked with plenty of native to the area wildflowers for the benefit of our insect populations have had to hold on against the washes of rainwater but will look spectacular in season.
We constantly update our Facebook page with snippets of news and interesting images as things happen; and have now started a Gardener's Blog specifically for the garden minded reader.
Choose an Annual Membership for your friends or family - offering them the chance to return to the gardens for an unlimited number of visits as the gardens evolve through the seasons; as mentioned above there are big developments in store for the gardens next year so there will be a lot to see. Gift membership comes with card and Lowther GIft Bag; see 'Becoming a member' for more details or contact us directly.
We have the brand new Life Membership at £750, or the over 60s rate of £500.
Memberships help fund our development projects, especially if you can gift aid them... one gift aid just about equates to one plant and bear in mind we need thousands of plants for the parterre, just one of our projects for next year. We can reclaim the basic rate tax, and if you are a higher rate tax payer you can reclaim the difference, (where the gift aid option applies)!
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