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Lowther Castle & Gardens.

Last weekend I found myself visiting the romantic ruins of Lowther Castle near Penrith in The Lake District. The Castle stands in what was once a medieval Deer Park and both the grounds and the castle are an ongoing restoration project by the Lowther family. The last Lowther resident was the Yellow Earl,5th Earl of Lonsdale. Like his name suggests, he had a fondness for the colour yellow and he was actually a founder and first president of the AA (Automobile Association) ,who adopted the colour. Unfortunately his penchant for the Good life meant he could not keep up with the expenses of living in a castle, so the historic building was left a derelict shell for many years.

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Happily today the Castle and gardens are being lovingly restored and are open to the public. Since my last visit 3 years ago, I can see the improvements that have been made, especially to the courtyard and gardens. Lowther castle is family friendly with lots of grounds and woodland to walk around and play in. Children should check out the new Lost Castle Adventure Playground in the woods , where all the family are encouraged to join in the fun and there is wheel chair access. The courtyard has a cafe and a gift shop. Dogs are welcome everywhere ( except in the Lost Castle) , including  the shop and tea room.:)

As you can see I visited with Wil and Hugo the dog, as well as my brother, sister, my niece and nephew. We all enjoyed exploring Lowther. It was a fun afternoon out for all the family.:)

The Forbidden Corner.

Having borrowed my niece ( Imogen 3) and nephew ( Roman 5) for the day ,we whisked them off to a land of quirky castles, enchanted forests, underground tunnels and a mysterious maze. The Forbidden Corner near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales is a four acre garden of surprises to delight in and explore. The kids loved it though I suspect we enjoyed the day just as much as they did!

In The Dragon's Mouth.
In The Dragon’s Mouth.
Cheeky Cherub. :)
Cheeky Cherub. πŸ™‚

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Scary Skeleton.
Scary Skeleton.

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Tickets can be bought for The Forbidden CornerΒ  online here.. We had a fun and magical time. If you love Harry Potter, Alice In Wonderland and classic fairy tales then you will find this curious creation absolutely enchanting. πŸ™‚