As Cumbria Tourism’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018, Lowther Castle is one of the jewels in the Lake District’s crown. 130 acres of ancient gardens which embrace a fabulous Gothic ruin, a stunning courtyard, an exhibition telling The Story of Lowther in vivid and exuberant detail, a stunning café and shop with Free parking for cars and coaches.
Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country.
Lowther Castle also hosts an annual dog event which takes place the last weekend in September. A Jamboree of Wags & Tails – which places an emphasis on having fun with your dogs. The event comprises dog demonstrations, novelty dog show, a church blessing of the dog, dog stands, a dog photo booth. Aimed at families and dog-owners of all ages.
Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the grounds of Lowther castle and in the indoor exhibits, with few notable restrictions.
For health & hygiene reasons dogs are not allowed near the cake table and for the same reason, dogs are not allowed near the children’s play area in the woods. Other than that dogs are allowed throughout the grounds and buildings including the cafe, museum and gift shop which makes Lowther Castle absolutely perfect for dog owners and an essential stop if you are in the Lake District.
Our dogs loved their time exploring Lowther, and we really enjoyed it too.