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 Shop now open every day from 10 am to 4.00 pm. Situated within the courtyard of Lowther Castle we have a lovely shop selling a variety of local goods and produce.
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.
On Friday the 22nd November our Head gardener Martin, apprentice Jordan, and a team of volunteers, planted 75 apple trees that were grafted earlier in the year with North Cumbria and South Lakes Orchard Groups, we now have an orchard back at Lowther that will be cosseted through winter and which will provide a beautiful show of blossom in spring. Martin and Jordan have started preparing the groundworks for the new Dan Pearson designed parterre in front of the south facade; eventually a mix of yew hedges and perennial planting will create the effect of an outsized and threadbare tapestry, adding to the atmosphere of romantic ruination.
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. Picnicing is encouraged, but we hope you also find time to sample the delights of our cafe. We constantly update our Facebook page. On the left hand side you will see our latest events…
Searching for the perfect Christmas Gift? 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. Christmas workshop details have now been announced too - please see the Christmas workshops page for more details. The shop is also selling beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths made with greenery from our own gardens!
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)!
On Sunday the 22nd of December Penrith Town Band will be performing in the courtyard between 12 - 2pm, if you're still not feeling Christmasy by then come along to help get in the festive mood.
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