Lowther Castle, Near Penrith, Lowther, Eden - Lake District (NP)

Gothic house designed by Smirke 1806 to1814. Closure in 1935 and removal of the roof in 1957 led to ruination of the main building's fabric. Historic England has grant aided repairs to the staircase tower. An ambitious programme of restoration and conversion of the surviving buildings and grounds commenced in February 2011 with funding from the North West Regional Development Agency. Opened as a visitor attraction in 2012. A phase of repair to the north elevation was carried out in 2014 with grant aid from Historic England.

Lowther Castle, Near Penrith, Lowther, Eden - Lake District (NP)
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Lowther Castle
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1068767
  • Local Planning Authority: Lake District (NP)
  • Site Type: Domestic > Country house


  • Building Name: Lowther Castle
  • Locality: Near Penrith
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: Eden
  • Parish: Lowther
  • National Park: Lake District (NP)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Penrith and The Border
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, RPG grade II