Last weekend we spent a fantastic afternoon at Lowther Castle near Penrith. We were blessed with fabulous weather but a place that can keep 6 kids ranging from 4-10, 6 adults and a dog happy is definitely worthy of a visit whatever the weather.
The website describes Lowther Castle as “A sight of dramatic beauty and splendour” a statement I wholeheartedly agree with. The castle sits within 130 acres of hidden gardens, enchanting woodland and breath-taking views. We were there because a new playground had been constructed at the far end of the gardens #thelostcastle but we loved all the winding paths, rope swings and beautiful flowers just as much.
Lowther Castle was closed to the public for over 70 years , before becoming subject to one of Europe’s largest renovation projects in 2011. The Cafe, Shop, Gardens & Gallery are open every day from 10am to 5pm in the summer and between 10am to 4pm in the winter.
We arrived at just after 1.30pm and met in the beautiful courtyard it was lovely to see all the cousins playing together happily and we sat down to eat our picnic. I told the boys we were going to head into the grounds to find #thelostcastle and they all said something along the lines of – I hope it isn’t a boring kids playground with nothing for us to do in. Playgrounds can be really quite boring! I hoped #thelostcastle was going to live up to expectations!
We wandered through the courtyard into the gardens to be met by stunning wild flowers and the romantic ruins of Lowther Castle itself. When you buy your tickets to get in (£8 for adults £7 for children, children under 2 are free) you are given a map of the grounds and the option to purchase a children’s Tale Trails map. The new adventure playground #thelostcastle is situated at the far end of the grounds to encourage families to meander through the rest of the estate to get to it.
So we set off meandering!
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