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February 16 2019 - March 28 2019

Lowther Castle


Have you heard of Otzi the Iceman? Do you know what the word pancake looks like in Malaysian? Can you imagine how many eggs are used on Pancake Day in the UK? These surprising facts – along with a heap of others – form the pre-Easter pancake trail around the garden. As you go, you will learn things you never imagined you would about pancakes and pick up some clues to break a code. A token for a free pancake will be given to all young pancake detectives who solve the puzzle. Who will be the first to crack the code, solve the puzzle and enjoy a pancake from Lowther Castle’s cafe?


The site of Lowther Castle has been occupied by the same family since 1150. Several different buildings have occupied the spot, the last of which was the castle itself. It was commissioned by William, 1st Earl of Lonsdale in 1806 and designed by the architect Robert Smirke, later responsible for many great civic buildings in London including the British Museum. In its heyday, the castle boasted a room for every day of the year. There was a grand art collection and the house was a celebrated beacon of the north.

Lowther Castle and Gardens has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme. The history of Lowther Castle has now come full circle. From grandeur to extravagance to abandonment to demolition, the castle has become of the most popular tourist destinations in Cumbria. Open to families of all ages every day, there is plenty do to and see for everyone at Lowther Castle and Gardens. The Story of Lowther exhibition takes a look at the 850 year history, offering an insight into the different generations of the Lowther family and the different castle structures. High in the treetops there’s a large adventure playground – the Lost Castle – a replica of the castle itself, with the addition of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides.


Lowther castle
Lowther Castle
Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2HH United Kingdom
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