Muncaster Castle

Muncaster, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ
Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

There’s plenty to see and do at Muncaster Castle, the historic building that has been the home to the Pennington family for over 800 years.

Situated just outside of the village of Ravenglass, this stately home allows you to glimpse into the lives of the Knights, Barons, and Lords who once resided here, whilst the beautiful gardens provide the perfect place for a stroll on a warm summer’s day.

You could also combine your visit with a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for a delightful family day out.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01229 717 614 / Website
Cost:
Adult £13.50, Child 5+ £8.00
Seasonal Opening:
Closed Christmas/Jan/Part of Feb; Castle building closed every Saturday for weddings.
 

History

The current castle is believed to have been built in the 13th century on the site of a former Roman fort. Later, Henry VI would find shelter here after the Battle of Hexham and was said to have left his drinking bowl behind with the promise that whilst the bowl remained intact the lands would remain under the ownership of the Penningtons.

Known as the "Luck of Muncaster" the bowl survives to this day. Expansions and renovations of the castle continued throughout the centuries and today it is a popular tourist attraction with a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in the UK.

Things To See

A tour of the castle will take you through a number of important rooms such as the Great Hall and Library, where you will see a wonderful collection of artwork and historical artefacts. Audio commentary is available if required which will detail the history of various pieces of interest, and tell the tale of Tom Fool, a court jester who is said to haunt the castle.

There are over 70-acres of gardens to explore, which include one of Europe’s largest collections of Rhododendrons, as well as Himalayan inspired gardens, woodlands, and a terrace walk offering spectacular views of the Eskdale fells.

Children can imagine that they are a meadow vole in the Meadow Vole Maze where seven foot long grass reveals danger at every turn, or they can burn off energy in the play areas. There is also a Hawk and Owl Centre, where you can meet a collection of birds of prey that include Peregrine Falcons, Tawny Owls, and Yellow-Billed Kites.

Useful Information

Much of the gardens, the maze, the Hawk and Owl Centre, and the ground floor of the castle are accessible by wheelchair.

Creeping Kate’s Café serves a range of hot and cold meals and snacks. There is also a gift shop and an information centre, as well as a B&B in the castle grounds should you wish to stay a little longer.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance, and a cheaper rate is in operation between November and Easter.

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