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Muncaster Castle

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Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, England
+44 1229 717614
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The historic and reputedly haunted Castle dating from the mediaeval age has been home to the Pennington family for over 800 years. It is a treasury of beautiful art and antiques, collected through the ages by the family who still live there. The Castle sits majestically in over 70 acres of wild, woodland gardens famous for collections of rhododendrons and azaleas set against the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells including Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. The Bird of Prey Centre is well worth a visit with daily displays at 2.30Pm and watch the wild herons come in to feed at Heron Happy Hour at 4pm. The indoor MeadowVole Maze is an entertaining ecological attraction to entertain the young at heart. Playground, cafe, gift shops and an ancient church are all within the gardens. Regular events programme, including festivals, outdoor theatre, historical re-enactors and Halloween Week.
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“birds of prey” (114 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, England
+44 1229 717614
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time hear we where well impressed spent most of the day hear walking round the gardens. We got the all Inclusive band for owls and hawk shows and the castle £14 each worth every penny. The people who do the shows are very informative...More

Thank adamsonjames
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great visit even though it was raining. enjoyed the Owl centre and watching the owls been flown. The castle itself is very interesting and we enjoyed our visit tremendously. Had lunch and the tomato and basil soup was absolulutely delicious

Thank Ash111948
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Muncaster in May to walk the gardens whilst the rhododendrons were in flower. Stunning display of colour we and the dogs had a wonderful time wandering up and down the various footpaths throughout the grounds. Visited the courtyard café for coffee and cake which...More

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the third time we've visited Muncaster and each time we love it just a little more. Unlike many (sadly) attractions in the Lakes, it doesn't seem to exist to eek every bit of cash from your pocket! Free parking and good value admission...More

Thank suitcasesuperstar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Muncaster Castle for the first time last week. The grounds were amazing. Views over the fells amazing. The castle tour was wonderful. And the best bit was the bird displays. Up close and personal with the owls in the morning was thrilling. But...More

Thank angelag353
PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

BEAUTIFUL gardens and sweeping views, many hours could be lost exploring the grounds. Great bird display too!

Thank Georgia M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place Lots of flowers in the gardens to look at and therr are amazing birds shows to help with the entertainment The castle grounds are high up so to you get great views

Thank laljet1
PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed yourselves. The views are always one of the highlights of Muncaster. John Ruskin described them as "Gateway to Paradise".

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our little grandsons to the castle grounds to play for a couple of hours and they loved it. The maze was a bit weird - indoors - but they really enjoyed it, and they loved the enchanted path with all the fun things...More

Thank shushie19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit should you be in the area. Easily spend a whole day there with many, many activities and things to see. Apparently one of the most haunted place in the UK but fortunately we didn't see any ghost whilst we were there!...More

Thank J C
PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a lovely review. Come back at Halloween if you want to see spooky activities!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this medieval house and gardens last Bank Holiday Sunday when the weather was warm and sunny. This was a blessing as I can imagine this country estate being less welcoming on a cold wet day. The ticket includes a virtually escorted tour by...More

Thank Michael-Newbury
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Madhattersempor... K
Can we visit the castle with a small dog?
March 28, 2017|
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Response from PeterFrostPennington | Property representative |
Yes, dogs are welcome at Muncaster and we are very dog friendly. However, no dogs are allowed into the Hawk & Owl Centre as they can distress and therefore injure our birds even if the dog is very small. Only assistance dogs... More
Janet B
Are the hotel rooms in the castle? We are older couple with small dog, no longer driving. Looking to pay about £100 per night for about a week in April starting about 22nd.
March 23, 2017|
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Response from PeterFrostPennington | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. I suggest you give us a call on 01229 717614 during office hours to discuss your particular requirements. The Coachman's Quarters B&B rooms at Muncaster are all in the former stable yards, a... More
Anyone know what the music is that they fly the kites too. Tia
August 6, 2016|
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Response from dtgreenhalgh | Reviewed this property |
sorry no, suggest you make direct contact with them - they are very helpful