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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.

Today’s opening hours

April-October: 10am-5pm (last tickets at 4pm)



April - October: 10am-5pm

November-March: 10am-4pm

Open all year except Christmas Day.

Find Us
Find us

Conveniently located minutes from the M6. Follow the signs to Lowther Castle from M6 junction 39 or 40; A6 or A66.

Penrith is the closest train station to Lowther Castle. Travel on the main west coast line from London Euston or south from Glasgow or Edinburgh. 

1hr 30 min from Edinburgh, 3 hours from London. Lowther Castle is approximately 6 miles from the train station by taxi.

  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Free
Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free


Eden Taxis 01768 865432


Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.

  • Adults £11 (from 30th March – 1st September); £9 (2nd September – 29th March)
  • Child £7
  • Family Day Pass £34 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

(NB. We have removed our Concession price).

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

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

Email bookings@lowthercastle.org or telephone 01931 712192 for more details.


School Visits