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Brief description of site

Lowther Castle has a landscape park, flanked on its western side by the river Lowther. The site covers about 600 hectares. The present building was unoccupied from 1935 until recently. Along with the gardens, the building had fallen into ruin. A new project was started in August 2007 to consolidate the castle and grounds and use them for recreation, the arts and an education centre. The restoration is now well underway and the site is open to the public.

Brief history of site

The present building dates from 1806 to 1811 but the site has been occupied since the 13th century. The family moved to Askham Hall in the 1950s and the building remained unoccupied for many years. In August 2007 a new charitable trust was formed to consolidate the site and establish its future.

Location information:

Address: The Estate Office, Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH

Locality: Penrith

Local Authorities:

Cumbria; Eden; Lowther

Historical County: Westmoreland

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 90 Grid Ref: NY 521 238
Latitude: 54.6071 Longitude: -2.74308

Directions:

4 miles south of Penrith

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily from 10am. Please see:
http://www.lowthercastle.org/opening-times-prices

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site first created: 1806 to 1811

Main period of development: Late 17th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 600

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