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Lowther Castle: an award-winning tourist destination and a jewel of the English Lake District

Lowther Castle
Little can prepare you for the scale and beauty of Lowther Castle. Set in a quintessential English parkland landscape, the castle was built in 1806 and enjoyed 130 glorious years as the seat of the Lowther family, the Earls of Lonsdale. In its heyday, the castle was home to an array of art and treasures from around the globe. Its many visitors included kings and queens, writers, artists and poets. Lowther Gardens were likewise renowned for their opulence. But in 1936, the house was abandoned and twenty years later, its roof was removed. Today, thanks to an enlightened programme of investment, Lowther Castle – with its ancient gardens and woodlands – is a must-see attraction for visitors from near and far.

The Gardens of Lowther
From the south lawns to the planted castle ruins, 130 acres of gardens old and new. The great Yew Walk, the semi-forgotten Iris Garden, the Jubilee Summerhouse with its fabulous views across the Lowther Valley, the new Parterre – designed by internationally recognised garden designer Dan Pearson. A feast for landscape-lovers and horticulturalists alike.

The Story of Lowther Exhibition
In vivid yet simple detail, the fascinating story of the Lowther family and its 850 year history on this site. From Viking origins, through border battles, from political office through vast fortunes to empty bank accounts. Among the story’s rich characters, the 17th century vegetarian Viscount Lonsdale, the explosive miser ‘Wicked Jimmy’ who drove the poet Wordsworth’s father to poverty and the flamboyant Yellow Earl who spent the family fortune. Housed in the original stables, once home to a string of beautiful horses and the pride of the equestrian north.

Group Admission Prices

To qualify for group prices, your party should include 10+ people. Group bookings must be organised in advance via our office on 01931 712192, via email or fill in our booking form.

Group Brochure

Details of group packages, catering packages and a suggested itinerary are all available in our group leaflets. To download all group booking information, please click here Group Leaflet 2019

Opening Times

Open daily all year round (except Christmas day)

April-September: 10.00am-5.00pm (last tickets at 4.00pm)
October-March: 10.00am-4.00pm (last tickets at 3.00pm)

Disabled Access

Visitors of all abilities are welcome at Lowther. Some terrain however is not suitable for wheelchairs. Please ring us in advance on 01931 712192 if you need extra assistance.

Further Information

For any further information, please contact us direct.

Telephone: 01931 712192

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Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2HH

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