Lowther Castle - for over fifty years an abandoned ruin - is today one of the Lake District's most popular visitor attractions. The gardens date back to the 17th century and visitors can enjoy wandering through plantings old and new, within the ruins and beyond, catching glimpses of the past or savouring the 21st-century contributions from man-of-the-moment landscape architect Dan Pearson.
A huge adventure playground the lost castle sits high in the tree canopy and is fun for visitors of all ages. In the stable courtyard, you can read 'The Story of Lowther', a highly visual exhibition which puts place and family in context; the café and shop offer a warm welcome and lots of delights. Dogs (on leads) are welcome. All in all, a big day out for visitors young, old and four-legged.