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Overview

In an idyllic setting amongst the Western Lake District fells, Muncaster offers an unforgettable experience for groups, for individuals and families; for days out or memorable special occasions.

With its historic haunted castle, Himalayan gardens and bluebell woods commanding Eskdale and the estuary from its lofty fellside position, Muncaster offers the complete day out.

We have a Hawk & Owl Centre with exhilarating flying displays, Enchanted Trail, Meadowvole Maze, playgrounds and miles of woodland trails to explore, gift-shops and cafes.

You'll also find self-catering and B&B onsite, a wedding venue to die for, the corporate event to impress and the most atmospheric of film locations. We also offer gift experiences and a program of special events throughout the year. Come and visit us soon.


Opening
Opening

Gardens, tearoom and outdoor attractions: 10 February to 23 December; 11am to 4pm (February, March, November, December), 10.30am to 5pm (April to October).

Castle: 25 March to 31 October; Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays); 11am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

On the main A595 ca 1 mile south of Ravenglass on the West Cumbrian coast, ca 1 hour from M6 at Penrith or Kendal. Find us by SatNav at postcode CA18 1RD, specifying major roads only to avoid a hair-raising trip over the mountain passes.

Mainline rail to Ravenglass For Eskdale station, c.1 mile away. Local minicabs are available but should be prebooked. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Gosforth Taxis 019467 25308

Admission
Admission

Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre & Meadowvole Maze: 

Early and winter season, until 24 March
Adult £7.00, Child 5-15yrs £3.50, Under 5s Free

Full season, 25 March-31 October
Adult £11.50, Child 5-15yrs £5.80, Under 5s Free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Hearing loops
Group Visits
Group Visits

Muncaster makes a wonderful full day out for any group with Gardens, Castle, Hawk & Owl Centre and Meadowvole Maze between them offering something for everyone.

We recommend a minimum of 2½ hours at Muncaster but many groups find that they can spend up to five or more hours here quite happily.

Find out more.


Things to See

Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

Muncaster is the perfect venue for your wedding, celebrated in the splendour of our magnificent state rooms, of which five are licensed for the ceremony itself.

Muncaster Wedding Team


Accommodation

The Coachman’s Quarters B & B and self-catering is located in the old stable yard buildings within the picturesque grounds of Muncaster Castle.

A stay in our 4* accommodation includes free entry into the gardens for the duration of your stay, including Hawk & Owl Centre (Feb to Dec) and discounted Castle entry (Easter to October, Sun to Fri).

Residents also receive a package of discounts at local attractions and hotels. Enjoy the peace in the evenings when the other visitors have all gone home!


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

What more prestigious setting for your meeting, conference, event or product launch than a medieval castle set in 77 acres of woodland gardens?

Whether you’re planning an informal meeting for two, a formal conference for 100, team building or a training day, Muncaster has a range of rooms and facilities available to meet your requirements and budget, from the Bluebell Room for up to eight delegates or the Old Laundry Function Room seating around 100 through to the grand boardroom setting of the Formal Dining Room of the Castle itself, together with ample private and free parking in the grounds.

Meeting rooms can be hired, set up to your requirements, from £75 per day. Alternatively, for a more complete service, half-day delegate rates are £10.50 per person to include room hire, data projector, flipchart, paper and pens and a serving of tea, coffee and biscuits.

Full day rates are £27.50 per delegate to include room hire, data projector, flipcharts, paper and pens, bacon sandwiches on arrival, mineral water, three servings of tea, coffee and biscuits and a home-cooked two-course lunch.

From your initial enquiry to the day itself, our team will be dedicated to delivering the service that you’d expect from a venue as impressive as Muncaster Castle. Whilst the service will be as you would expect for a luxury setting, the food is no less a standard. Home-made on-site with local produce, this helps add that extra touch of class to your day. The experience can be enhanced by adding a private tour of the castle or an elegant Champagne reception in the Great Hall.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

School Visits

Muncaster offers visits to primary and secondary schools. 

Muncaster offers extensive and exciting learning opportunities. With an historic castle situated in many acres of woodland, Himalayan gardens and the Hawk & Owl Centre, the opportunities to explore a variety of subjects, for children and young adults, in a stimulating environment are endless with many cross-curricular links.


Filming Opportunities

Muncaster is available for filming. 

Muncaster's 70 acres of gardens, wider estate and surrounding countryside offer a huge variety of options. With wild woods, lawned and landscaped gardens, church and ancient graveyard. the Castle itself dates from medieval times but has a primarily Victorian feel to the interior.

A variety of other property in the area - secluded cottages and farms etc - can also be made available for filming and the group own hotels, B&B and self-catering properties in the immediate area for convenient accommodation and catering. There is a wide variety of landscape within 3 miles of the Castle, including mountains, moorland, beaches, woodland, follies and Roman ruins. 

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