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Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle

Experience your very own Hogwarts for the day! A real treasure waiting to be discovered in the magical Lake District.

Let your imagination run wild as you explore the grounds. Journey through the ruins, the gardens and woodland, and you’ll find plenty of food for the imagination.

Get an insight into the history of this wondrous and mystical place by uncovering ‘the story of Lowther’ exhibition. And learn more about the Lowther family who occupied the Castle since 1150.

Now, imagine being greeted by a ruined castle, venturing through its magnificent gardens and very own forbidden forest. And stumbling across one of the largest adventure playgrounds in the country!

A miniature replica of the castle itself – ‘The Lost Castle’ is filled with a maze of turrets, zip wires, walkways and slides. A place to lose yourself in a whizz of excitement and fun. The most magical aspect of the lost castle is that it is set high above the ground, within the tree canopy, fitting seamlessly within the natural world around it. Lost deep in the woods, you really do feel it is an imagined place.

Voted large visitor attraction of the year 2018 in the Cumbria tourism awards, Lowther Castle is undoubtedly a must-do on your magical tour of the Lake District.

Create your own story in the heart of the Lake District and discover Lowther castle.

Stay nearby in Ullswater.

Kendal Castle

Kendal Castle

A story of Tudor Monarchy and glorious revolution.

Reach the 13th century castle from one of its steep sided climbs and be rewarded at the top by breath-taking views of the historic town below.

The Castle that stood proudly on Kendal’s skyline for many centuries was the seat of supremacy for the barons of Kendal for over 200 years.

Most notably being the Parr family, including Henry VIII sixth and only surviving wife, Katherine Parr.

However, upon the death of the last baron in 1571 (William), Kendal Castle progressively fell into a ruinous state.

Although only parts of the castle wall and tower remain today, the surrounding landscape, serenity, tranquility and historical significance of the Castle make this a place well worth visiting.

The Castle hill makes for a lovely spot to tuck into a picnic, relax and soak up the stunning views over Kendal, visible in all directions. Take a stroll through the ruins, let your imagination wonder, and envisage what life was like all those years ago.

Amble down to the lower slopes where you’ll find wooded walks and sculpture seats commissioned by the artist Alain Ayers. The perfect place to rest your weary legs after exploring Kendal Castle and the historic market town.

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

A beautiful medieval house standing proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Sizergh Castle has been home to the Strickland family for over 750 years and continues to be the case to today.

The fortified mansion has many tales to tell, boasting some of the finest Elizabethan carved ornamentals in the country. All alongside fine French furniture and centuries old portraits. Make sure you take a step outside and explore everything the 647-hectare estate has to offer. There’s so much more to see!

Take a guided tour or wonder yourself through the network of paths around the grounds. Discover limestone pastures, orchards and natural woodland along the way.

The rich and beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the castle are home to a luscious lake, water gardens, enchanting wildflowers, and a superb limestone rock garden. There’s a wild play trail for the little ones to explore and play too, with plenty of food for their imaginations!

And what better way to end your day than by heading to the lovely little café at Sizergh. Take some time to relax and reminisce over your magical day spent in this historically charming place.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

The historic, haunted castle is the jewel in the crown of the Western Lake District.

Still a lived-in family home, the Castle has been refurbished and extended with almost every era in history. The most recent of these projects was commissioned in 1885, and successfully executed to form the Castle as we see it today.

As you enter through the front door into the Great Hall (centred in the original fortified pele tower), your sense of the Castle’s intricate architectural history, grandeur and great age becomes apparent.

Muncaster’s splendid state rooms, beautiful artwork and furniture span throughout the long history of the Pennington family’s residency, with audio tours narrated by members of the family guiding you through the public rooms and seasonal exhibitions.

Tom Fool, Muncaster’s court jester in the 16th century, is just one of many colourful residents that make the history of this place so magical. Listen to ghost stories about him and how he still causes trouble in the castle today!