Welcome to Lowther Castle & Gardens

As you set out to visit Lowther Castle, we would like to make a few suggestions. Bring your children. Bring your grandchildren. Bring friends and bring dogs (on leads). Dress sensibly, wear stout footwear and outdoor clothing and big smiles and expect to stay a while. Cycle-hire is also on the menu so once you have explored the castle and gardens to your satisfaction, you can climb aboard a bicycle and journey around the wider park.

Lowther Castle is full of stories. Many of these are told in the exhibition, the Story of Lowther. And if you go exploring, through the ruins, through the gardens and woodland, you will find plenty more food for the imagination. The same family has lived here for 850 years and you can see and hear their echoes.

Meanwhile, if the younger members of your team wish to make their own stories, then seek out the lost castle, one of the UK’s largest adventure playgrounds. And when all of you are ready for a rest, you can retreat to the café and have some delicious food, before taking to the gift shop and indulging in one last treat.

The castle ruins, exhibition, gardens, adventure playground, café and shop, 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. Shop, café, courtyard and parking free.

Well worth the admission fee. – Lowther Castle and Gardens

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Lowther Castle and Gardens

: Lowther / Askham

The gardens and castle at Lowther have laid abandoned for 70 years and in 2011 opened for the first time since 1938. Visitors can follow simple routes through the 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces.

Lowther Castle and Gardens is undergoing a major restoration project, with a new visitor centre, and cafe. Much work has been done to stabilise the main castle building, and to bring the gardens back from a wilderness.

Late 2012 – some 2 years into the restoration project. Aerial photo by Roger Savage

Lowther Castle has been the family seat of the Earls of Lonsdale from time immemorial, and occupies the site of mansions dating back to the reign of Edward I.

The present building was started in 1806, for Sir Hugh Lowther the fifth Earl, to designs by Sir Robert Smirke. Lowther Castle was his first job when he was just 25. It was commissioned to be a design of elegance and strength. The castle was well known for its wide range of activities and entertainment of distinguished guests. Unfortunately the castle’s grand proportions were too extravagant for the 20th Century.

Lowther Castle – August 2015.

After the death of the fifth Earl of Lonsdale, the Castle was abandonded, the interior was dismantled and only the walls left standing as a memorial to past glories. The family moved to nearby Askham Hall, whose gardens are now open to the public.

Jack Croft’s pond.

A public road passes through the estate from Askham to Lowther Newtown, passing St Michael’s Church which is opposite the front of the Castle. Inside the Church are various memorials to members of the Lowther family.

Sir Robert Smirke also designed St Peter’s Church in nearby Askham.


Related Links

  • Lowther Castle website
  • Facebook pics – Lowther Castle tour
  • BBC Cumbria: Restoration – Cumbria’s fairytale castle

Menu :

  • East Lakes Area of Cumbria Menu
  • Lowther Castle for Kids – Outdoors
  • Castles Menu
  • Sir Robert Smirke

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