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“Herons at 1600hrs”
Review of Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Ulverston, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Herons at 1600hrs”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

The main spectacle is seeing up to a dozen or more wild herons arrive to be fed. The owl collection is good too, especially seeing them handled in the afternoon. The gardens are rather wild. but that was fine for us. The vole maze was supposed to have been upgraded, but it was not as brilliant as we remember it from a few years ago. We did not visit the house.

Visited July 2013
Thank John G
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Elland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Lovely day out”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Spent a day at Muncaster castle with family including a 2 year-old.

Lovely experience. Highlights:
Owl talk & flying
Maze (for young kids)
Gardens & grounds (we had lovely weather)
Heron feeding

Advice would be to take a picnic as food is expensive and it was busy when we went so we had to queue.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank LauraW88
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Bishop's Waltham, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A bit of a Hoot”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

The castle is very interesting and well laid out and the audio is very good. The gardens are lovely and the views are stunning. The maze is not what I would call a maze but is great for kids and hopefully they might learn about the country side and how to look after it. The castle has many owls with good info about each species but I thought they could have had more room and less owls in small cages. The price was £26.00 for us both not sure it was worth all that but least we've seen it with rhododendron in full bloom, beautiful.

Visited June 2013
Thank Tail2Tell
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Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
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“a must place to visit”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Feeding the herons was a first for us. To see that many herons all in one place was a real treat. The owl display was brilliant. I loved the way someone brought round each bird so that they could have a photo or just a closer look while someone else was doing the talk. I found it really interesting and what a variety of owls there was! I could have spent the day just walking round talking to the birds. The gardens were gorgeous and very well maintained. Our only disappointment was the house which we'd paid extra to go round and thought it was rather boring - there wasn't even the kitchens to look at.
I'd visit again but not bother with the house/castle

Visited June 2013
1 Thank jackie T
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“poor owl show”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

my wife & I called in here as part of the mountain goat trip we were on, We went to the owl show at 2pm the talk about owl conservation was interesting but to only show the flights of 3 owls was indeed very disappointing. The grounds & owl show were in with the price of our mountain goat trip.

We would have been really annoyed had we needed to pay separately for what was to us the poorest raptor show ever.

Visited June 2013
Thank bruce s
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