I love this place so much that we have a family annual membership! This cost us £105. (£28 per adult, £24.50 per child) If you prefer entry fee for the daytime is £29 – 2 adults and up to 3 children between ages 3-15.
Lowther castle (and gardens) is absolutely stunning to visit anytime of the year. In the winter months the castle has a very majestic feel to it when dusted in snow. Spring is lovely as the birds start chirping and the millions of daffodils bloom. Summer is just lovely with so many lush gardens, picnics and sunshine. Autumn is very pretty with so many trees as the leafs change colour it is breathtaking.
When we visit, we visit with young children so usually head straight to the “Lost Castle.” The lost castle is the UK’s largest wooden playground. It is really an enchanted place for children to explore the twists and turns and adventures that await. Nestled in the forest it blends right in to its natural surroundings, if it weren’t for the giggles of visiting children you might even be able to walk right past it. 17,700 metres of wood were used to build the “Lost Castle.” That’s enough wood to run the length of Ullswater one and a half times or 18x the height of Scafell Pike! In otherwise it’s not because of its size that you could walk right past it. There is no brightly coloured, plastic, stereotypical playground to be spotted! They have just done such a great job making it camouflage into its surroundings!
As a Mummy I really appreciate that this playground caters to all ages. The website says it’s aimed at 3+. However if you can supervise your under 3 at all times there is a section for smaller tots including baby swings, baby zipwire, a sandpit, a small slide. Of course for the older more daring there is much more to explore. Throughout the gardens you might find a couple tire swings which are always good fun to have a go on! (Even for us adults!)
If you don’t fancy packing a lunch why not give the cafe a go? I only have good things to say about the food I’ve had there… I don’t think they have the worlds cheapest menu, but then again these type of places never do! I have somehow managed to avoid indulging in their cakes but let me tell you they look REALLY yummy!!!
Overall a lovely place to go and if you live close enough I’d really think about investing in a membership! We have got our moneys worth out of ours! Oh and before I forget to mention Lowther castle is a little bit similar to National Trust and English Heritage properties in the sense they always have different events going on. They just had something on for mother’s day… Now they have some dragon egg event on over easter. I’d check out there website so you don’t miss out on any of their special days!