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Lowther Castle is a dramatic Victorian ruin, but with a much longer history. The massive estate fell into disrepair, was used for tank training during the Second World War and, since the 1950s, the castle itself has been open to the elements. The ruins have now been stabilised and turned into gardens, the original gardens are being restored, there is an exhibition charting the history of the Lowther family and their medieval Viking origins. Outbuildings have been restored to create a courtyard area and cafe, there are walks, views - and 'the Lost Castle' - a wonderful, enormous, adventure playground in the woods, said to be the largest of its type in Britain. Lowther Castle also stages a number of events during the year, including a music festival, 'Kendal Calling'.