Those who visit Lowther Castle travel into the historic county of Westmorland. Cumbria as a county was formed only in 1974.
The building itself was created in the late 17th Century when the then Lowther Hall was rebuilt.
It was requisitioned for tank development during the Second World War, but fell into disrepair and was an abandoned ruin for more than 50 years. However, after an initial £9 million restoration, the castle and some gardens opened to the public in 2011.
Today, it is one of the Lake District’s most popular visitor attractions. Gardens, an historical exhibition telling ‘The Story of Lowther’, café, shop and the castle itself, all are situated in a stunning landscape.
Wander through the remnants of an Edwardian pleasure park, meander through stunning woodland, or discover areas planted this century by landscape architect Dan Pearson. Enjoy the largest wooden playground in the country, The Lost Castle.
The gardens are constantly being extended with thousands of rose plants added in 2019. A Japanese Garden, and a Scented Garden are in the pipeline. Lowther Castle is an attraction to visit more than once.