Lowther Castle – Finding the Fairytale Lost Castle in The Lake District

Lowther Castle was a real high point of our trip to the Lake District. The castle itself is derelict but still beautiful with lots of nooks and crannies for the children to explore.

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You can take some really gorgeous photos of the children here!  (And even ones with them poking their head down a hole!)

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From there we began to explore the grounds which are huge and stuffed with all manner of quirky corners and follies to find.

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The Lost Castle in the Lake District

The most important thing there though, if you have children is the ‘Lost Castle’.  It is amazing!  It’s an absolutely huge wooden castle with all manner of climbing places, swings, slides and ziplines. 

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The children had an absolute ball.  I am very envious as this would have been my idea of heaven as a child. 

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There is a fairytale ethereal air to it too with it’s quirky looking gift shop.  I have told Mr Wonders I need one of these in our garden – with a turret just like this one! 

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There is a café nearby for supplies of tea and coffee, soup and sandwiches.


Northern Archery

You could really spend all day just in the Lost Castle, but there are so many other fabulous parts to discover too.  We wandered up the right side of the grounds and came across Northern Archery teaching archery to the children.  (They are not there every day so if you fancy giving it a go – ring ahead and check!)  At just £3 for ten arrows, my two thought this was brilliant! 

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From here we saw the Countess Summerhouse before wandering across to the squirrel hide (magnificent view, but you’ll need to watch little ones or avoid altogether as there is a bit of a drop there).

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Picnic Benches

We then wandered up and bought lunch in the ‘Into the woods’ area – there are lots of nice picnic benches that look straight from the an Enid Blyton novel about the Faraway Tree.  Then we came to the marvellous ‘Lost Castle’.

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Jack Croft’s Pond

On the way back we traversed Jack Croft’s Pond – top tip – walk around the left hand side of it and not the right.  Repeat – not the right.  Just trust me. After the pond there is a brilliant woodland obstacle course at that point which the kids will love.

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Tree Swings at Lowther Castle

Finally, finish with a good old fashioned tree swing – and these are top swings!

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In summary, we had a fabulous day.  Lowther Castle is a hidden gem and our number one thing to do in the Lake District with kids.


Exhibition, gardens and adventure playground admission

Adult £9
Concession £8
Child (3-15 years old) £7
Under 3 Free
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £29


Save 10% if you book in advance online.

We were invited by Go Lakes and Lowther Castle to visit, but as ever, all the views expressed are my own.

Also have a look at my review of Ullswater Steamers or Christmas in the Lake District or our list of fab family hotels in the Lake District.



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