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.
23 March to 2 November: Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre, Café: Every day, 10:30am to 5pm.
Castle open Sundays to Fridays: 12pm to 4pm.
See their website for specific opening and closure times.
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
Car park on site
Gosforth Taxis 019467 25308
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
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Hearing loops
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.
Over eighty bears have successfully stormed Muncaster Castle and are now enjoying living there along with the slightly bearwildered Pennington family, who have previously held the Castle on their own for well over 800 years.
To celebrate their joint occupation of the Castle and their aim to live harmoniously there together, the Bears and the family are holding a BearGanza during the month of July, showing the Bears enjoying the luxury of the Castle’s ornate Drawing Room.
The BearGanza will be open with the Castle (12 noon to 4pm, daily in July INCLUDING SATURDAYS, pase note, when the Castle will be open) and can be visited by holders of Castle entry tickets at no further charge. As well as the Teddy Talk on July 17th, a chance to talk to Ravenglass’s resident teddy specialist for advice on restoration and valuation, there will also be a Pop-Up Teddy Bear Market in the Castle on Sundays 14th and 28th July.
Please visit our website to book tickets or for further information.
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.
Gleaming family silver and snowy white linen grace the antique furniture and fresh flowers and views of the Eskdale fells complete the scene, with Muncaster’s spectacular gardens for those memorable photos.
Your package includes exclusive use of the Great Hall and the two rooms of your choice for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, your 3 course menu, table flowers, log fires if appropriate, parking and music system.
Our service and standards are as unique as your occasion and we treat you like individuals. Our wedding coordinator will be on hand throughout, ensuring everything goes as planned. We also guarantee that we will not book any other weddings or events in the Castle on your wedding date once confirmed. A full choice of menus is available.
For accommodation we offer onsite B&B in the Castle Gardens, the 3 star Pennington Hotel a mile away in Ravenglass village with 21 rooms, and the 4 star Sella Park Country House Hotel which provides an additional 11 suites, a short drive away.
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!
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.
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.