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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“owl centre” (121 reviews)
“birds of prey” (131 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, England
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"owl centre"
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"birds of prey"
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"visited muncaster"
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"owl display"
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"flying display"
in 46 reviews
"bird show"
in 43 reviews
"audio tour"
in 54 reviews
"heron feeding"
in 54 reviews
"pennington family"
in 35 reviews
"stable yard"
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"coachmans quarters"
in 16 reviews
"extensive gardens"
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"family home"
in 26 reviews
"great family day"
in 20 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 29 reviews
"steeped in history"
in 14 reviews
"play area"
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We have just got home from a week-end away at Muncaster Castle and what a wonderful time we had. The accommodation is perfect, clean, spacious and warm with a lovely shared lounge and kitchen. Needless to say the setting is amazing with the castle but...More

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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit including your stay in the cosy Coachman's Quarters. Your 5 star review is much appreciated.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Last night we attended the owls by moonlight display. It was a wet day, most of the day so we came prepared, but the rain stopped in time for the evening display! All staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. The castle looks stunning lit up...More

1  Thank Melanie c
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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive review. This is the first time we have hosted "Owls by Moonlight" evenings in the late winter and despite the challenging weather at times we have been very heartened by the response and support of those brave visitors who...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great place, something for everyone in an amazing setting - gardens, owl and hawk centre, castle, restaurant, gift shop, heronry all with historical significance

Thank Jayne J
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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Brilliant, many thanks; glad you enjoyed your visit here.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I have to write about my evening! I've just got home and started to warm up from my Moonlight trip up to Muncaster Castle, where I had delicious two course supper with a good hot coffee to finish, followed by a most interesting talk about...More

Thank Carol Ann S
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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much Carol, I think you captured it all! Thanks for taking so much time and care over your wonderful 5 star review. Makes it all worthwhile for us knowing we have given so much pleasure to our guests.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

We visited Muncaster Castle with our dog yesterday. We couldn’t go in the castle itself or the owl enclosure, but we were able to enjoy a nice walk around the grounds, which we had all to ourselves. It was quite expensive to do that at...More

Thank Alastair M
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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We very much like dogs but do understand & appreciate your comments. There are still many acres and miles of paths for some of the best dog walking in the country, even if the paths are a bit muddy in the depths of winter. We...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Another of our regular family treats, about 20 minutes from our home and a favourite family day out The place is beautiful , Steeped in history and fantastic family day out in stunning West Cumbria So much to do for the family of all ages

Thank Ldb49
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PeterFrostPennington, Owner at Muncaster Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review. Heart-warming for us all.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Fascinating Saturday night. Simple hearty meal was well organised and enjoyed by all on long tables with a short conservation speech afterwards. Then it was into the night to see 2 fascinating shows displaying amazingly trained owls who were magnificent. Well worth the price, staff...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Just magical......great supper well.orhanised,fabulous presentations and the perfect starry cold night for the main event...owls!!!! Brilliant worth a booking without a doubt

1  Thank ajgater
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

The family home of the Penningtons since 1208, this historic, reputedly haunted, castle has much to offer with a wide range of beautiful furniture, artworks and other treasures from its long history, together with attractive gardens providing an opportunity for exploration and exercise with specimen...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

I visited with my sister yesterday for the Christmas Afternoon Tea, we arrived to find the gorund covered in snow giving it a very magical feel. We had enough time to have a short walk around the outside of the castle and some of the...More

1  Thank Mia V
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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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