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Welcome to Lowther Castle & Gardens

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.

Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you.

One of the most intriguing and exciting visitor attractions in the country

Little can prepare you for the impact of seeing Lowther Castle ruins for the first time. The gardens beyond are likewise dramatic and unexpected. Wander through the ruins and imagine the castle as it was – richly decorated and full of treasures. In the gardens, enjoy layers of new design and layers of abandonment. Explore the woodland, walk your dogs, take your children to find the lost castle – one of Britain’s largest outdoor adventure playgrounds. Have some delicious food. Buy a gift or two. And when you come to leave, savour the fact that you have had a thoroughly energising and rewarding day out.

The castle ruins, café, shop, gardens and exhibition are open every day from 10am to 4pm in winter and 10am to 5pm in summer. Last entry to the gardens 1 hour before closing.


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