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Castle, £7-£34

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens


Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem.

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.

Built at the turn of the 19th century and the third residence on this plot, Lowther Castle was a grand affair while its gardens were the envy of the north. But by 1957 the Castle was abandoned and left to become a ruin; and the gardens were lost to wilderness. Today, with new gardens, a huge adventure playground, fabulous café and shop, Lowther Castle is rapidly becoming one of the most intriguing and exciting visitor attractions in the country.

A place where children, adults, landscape devotees, flower-lovers and anyone looking for a wonderful and fun day out will find plenty to please.

Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome in all areas except the adventure playground.

Afternoon Tea in the Sculpture Gallery

The long haul in the afternoon between lunch and supper can now be bridged in considerable style within the lovely setting of the Sculpture Gallery at Lowther Castle. Delicious loose leaf teas, English sparkling wines, cakes, tarts, pastries, sandwiches and scones – all these can now be supped at leisure in the 19th century building, attached to Lowther Castle, that once housed a considerable collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.

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Located on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park, three miles from the M6, junction 40.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Opening details

Summer Hours: 10am - 5 pm 7 days a week (Last admission time 4pm)
Winter Hours: 10am - 4pm 7 days a week (Last admission time 3pm)
Closed on Christmas Day


Exhibition, Castle, Gardens, Adventure Playground:
Adult £11 (March 30th – September 1st )
Child £7
Family Day Ticket £34
Cyclists 10% discount
Courtyard, Café, Shop – free
Dogs welcome (on leads)


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed


Lowther Castle,
CA10 2HH


Plan route to Lowther Castle and Gardens using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 528242  Lat: 54.61085 Long: -2.73192

Signposted from the A6 at Hackthorpe, within 15 minutes of M6 junctions 39 and 40, and the A66 from Penrith.

Parking: free

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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