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“A good family day out.”
Review of Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle
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US$61.71*
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Visited with daughter and had a voucher for 15% off admission. As we had bought our dog my daughter volunteered to not look around the castle (she isn't a fan of historical properties.
We had great fun looking around the Owl Sanctuary and found it very interesting and also enjoyed the birds of prey display on the castle's terrace.
We had lunch in the castle's cafe in the stablemate. It was'nt particularly cheap but portions were large and the food was lovely.
The castle was beautiful and the free audio wands with the castle owners as guides helped take you from room to room.
For families with children there were lots of play areas as well as an indoor meadow maze.
The grounds were beautiful with fantastic views over the valley.
We finished our visit by watching the heron feeding in front of the castle. It was a splendid sight seeing 11 wild herons appear out of nowhere and watch them up close.
I think this attraction will appear to all ages and would certainly recommend it as a day out.

1  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This was clearly once a great castle and family home in its day. Set in the Cumbrian countryside the views of the surroundings hills and mountains (including Scarfell Pike) are breathtaking, and clearly the gardens have and continue to be much loved. Entrance fee is pretty reasonable think we paid about £11 online and with that amazingly you get free audio guides - however rather sadly the castle has clearly seen better days which is such a shame and the family am guessing would need to get a large injection of cash to do some restoration - as the rooms and their contents look tired and warn. Nevertheless don't be put off by this it's still worth a visit and probably in keeping with 100 years since the start of WW1 there are quite a few nice exhibits and letters in the downstairs room to your left when you enter. As stated before the free audio guide was a nice touch and you're guided round the castle by stories from the family, it's a shame there was a bit of a fault on mine which meant it kept getting stuck half way through so I probably missed some information, and whilst it was nice to hear about the ancestors of the current occupiers I personally would have liked to hear a bit more about why and when it was built etc... Outside of the castle there is a maze (although I didn't venture that way), a good sized children's play area and restaurant facilities and an impressive array of owls, which I believe are shown in the afternoon, although you can still see them all in their enclosures at any time of the day. It took us nearly 2 hours to drive up from Lancaster so if like me you're desperate for the toilet upon arrival don't worry there are some toilets just inside the entrance, following which I was able to enjoy the half mile walk through the gardens and past the duck pond up to the castle.

Thank JoJo82992
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We thought the entry was a bit expensive and there is no family ticket available. We did however enjoy seeing the many owls and watching the display. There is only a small part of the castle open but again we all enjoyed looking round. There are plenty of gardens to walk round and sit to eat a picnic.

1  Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Not visited for over 20 years,went today with our granddaughter,the place is looking shabby,the play area is very poor when you have visited others in the area.thought the maze was very disappointing the only redeeming feature was our breakfast bun.for the price of entry not a good day out.

Thank Harry R
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I must admit I have been going here for quite some time now. The gardens are beautiful and the owls are interesting for all ages. A must see at night on Halloween, beautifully lit and just slightly spooky.

2  Thank India R
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