Lowther Castle is one of the most extraordinary places to visit. The dramatic ruined castle, built at the turn of the 19th century on an escarpment near Penrith, has been an empty shell since the building was demolished in 1957. But 10 years ago the current owner, Jim Lowther, had the vision to make this dramatic ruin the centrepiece of a new, exciting garden designed by Dan Pearson. His planting weaves in and around the ruins, with shade-loving ferns and climbers colonising the old rooms, and grasses and perennials laid out on the castle forecourt in a contemporary parterre. Elsewhere in the grounds you can discover a new rose garden, planted in 2018, and intriguing woodland walks to get lost in.