There was something serendipitous about visiting Lowther Castle & Gardens; we were looking for somewhere that was dog friendly where we could rest and have some lunch in order to break up a long car journey with Elsa & Buffy and a glance at the map showed us that Penrith would be an ideal half-way point. We didn’t really feel like walking around a town so we searched for dog friendly attractions in the area and pretty much hit the jackpot when it comes to an ideal place to visit with dogs!
Although the girls were eager to stretch their legs, our bellies were rumbling so we decided to get some food before we explored the castle and gardens.
I was delighted to see that dogs are allowed to sit inside the cafe, as long as they keep their paws off the cakes! There were lots of homemade, freshly prepared things to choose from including sandwiches, wraps, hot food, scones and cakes alongside a full selection of coffees, teas and cold drinks. We opted to sit outside where Elsa & Buffy enjoyed a packed lunch of ORIJEN that we’d taken with us and I had the most delicious chicken Caesar wrap from the cafe.
Tip: You don’t have to pay for entry into the castle and grounds to visit the stable yard where the cafe and loos are, so it’s worth checking out even if you’re just passing and looking for somewhere dog friendly to visit for lunch. The shop in the courtyard also has a selection of dog themed products too!
It was wonderful to see Elsa & Buffy exploring the castle ruins together, taking turns to sniff each rock, shrub and points of interest that they came across. There was so much to see in the gardens with highlights including the parterre, several charming summerhouses, a rock garden, woodland area, orchard and an absolutely stunning view of the River Louther to the south west.
Dogs aren’t just welcome at Lowther Castle and Gardens, they are celebrated as part of the history of this wonderful place. The ‘Yellow Earl’ who lived at the castle from 1882-1936 was extremely fond of dogs and his legacy lives on to this day… When we visited there was also a special ‘Trail of Tails at Lowther Castle’ showcasing the strong relationship between Man and hound. They even host a special jamboree event every year at the end of September, this includes dog displays, shopping, obstacle courses and a novelty dog show.
Note to readers: Leads have been 'Photoshopped' out of some of these photos to make them look more aesthetically pleasing, but dogs are required to be on a lead and under control at all times within the grounds. We encourage responsible dog friendly tourism and leave nothing but paw prints behind.
What are you waiting for? Take your paws to Lowther Castle & Gardens!
Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2HH