Lowther Castle

The spectacular shell of one of England's grandest Gothic mansions.

Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH

Lowther Castle in Cumbria

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Lowther Castle has enjoyed a rich and varied history. One of the finest Gothic buildings of the north west, the castle was completed in 1812.

For a century or more Lowther played host to the great and the good of the United Kingdom.

But in 1936, the turmoil of the 20th century took over. The castle was abandoned, then occupied by the army and finally in 1957 partly demolished.

Today Lowther Castle is once again in the pink. Rescued from wilderness, the castle ruins have been planted and the gardens house ventures old and new. Ancient borders jostle with new designs.

Ancient woodlands house one of the UK’s largest adventure playgrounds. In the courtyard, there is a fabulous café and shop. For young and old alike, Lowther Castle is a wonderful place to visit.

There is a remarkable story here and it is set in one of England’s most dramatic landscapes.

Opening Times


Open daily all year round (except Christmas day)

Summer: 10.00am-5.00pm.

Winter: 10.00am-4.00pm.

All tickets must be purchased in advance via the property website before visiting.

Tickets must be booked before midnight on the day before you come.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.

  • Adults £12 (from 30th March – 1st September); £9 (2nd September – 29th March)
  • Child £9
  • Family Day Pass £38 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

(NB. We have removed our Concession price).

Group Visits

Benefits include discount on garden entry for groups of 10+ and free entry for organiser and coach driver.

Email or telephone 01931 712192 for more details.

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