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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 medieval 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 Hawk & Owl Centre is well worth a visit with daily displays at 2pm and watch the wild herons come in to feed 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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  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“owl centre” (124 reviews)
“birds of prey” (150 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, England
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"owl centre"
in 124 reviews
"birds of prey"
in 150 reviews
"visited muncaster"
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"owl display"
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"flying display"
in 52 reviews
"audio tour"
in 54 reviews
"bird show"
in 44 reviews
"heron feeding"
in 57 reviews
"pennington family"
in 37 reviews
"full bloom"
in 21 reviews
"coachmans quarters"
in 17 reviews
"family home"
in 27 reviews
"gardens are beautiful"
in 19 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 30 reviews
"great family day"
in 20 reviews
"steeped in history"
in 16 reviews
"stately home"
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Reviewed yesterday

This castle was great! We started our visit by having a picnic at one of the picnic tables in the children's play area. It was clean and there were good waste-disposal options. The kids loved the play park, especially the "flying fox" zip line. We...More

Thank Kathlyn F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Owned by the same family for many generations, the castle is beautifully kept, with an interesting (free) audio guide narrated with a personal touch by members of the family. An added bonus is the Hawk and Owl Centre which puts on two different free displays...More

Thank alan53040
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited with very high expectations but left rather disappointed. My wife and I had heard lots of good reports on Muncaster so decided to visit on a lovely sunny day in June. Walking down the drive we could see that it would have been a...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A lovely house and fabulous birds of prey demonstration. Very good value for money and the cafe was very reasonably priced. All in all a lovely day out

Thank Pam S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wanted to visit but would not pay the extortionate entry fees. to get in the house you need to upgrade from a garden pass

Thank MANFROMMAN
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited Muncaster Castle recently on a saturday - didn't realise the castle itself is closed most saturdays for functions but we should have looked on web site. That said we had a lovely day walking through the magnificent gardens and enjoying the views up...More

Thank carlandmoira
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed overnight in the Coachman's Quarters (see separate review 5 stars) and enjoyed a wonderful evening wandering freely around the grounds. After a hearty breakfast we went to the Bird Centre (free to enter as we were residents). Good centre, as good as many we've...More

Thank ploddy
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful day out worth every penny. Castle is interesting and the lady at entrance was very friendly and helpful. The woman flying the bird were amazing, informative and clearly love their jobs. Three shows - each one different. Only slight let down catering is very...More

Thank j0ancaj0
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a wonderful stay. Great comfy room, fantastic breakfast, friendly staff, amazing birds, awesome views and beautiful gardens. I throughly recommend Muncaster Castle Coachmans rooms for a lovely restful break.

Thank Caroline F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in The Coachman's Quarters with The Other Half Monday 2nd July.Lovely accommodation overlooking The Courtyard.We even had a House Martins nest,together with their young,right outside our window.Great to see the parent birds busily feeding their little ones.The clock chimes on the hour,even throughout the...More

Thank lizziebach
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joan R
5 September 2017|
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Response from Mike M | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, the wife paid, but I suspect the details are on the web site Regards Mike
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28 March 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
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Janet B
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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
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