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Experience a Wild Day Out at Muncaster

Muncaster Castle, beloved family home of the Penningtons since the beginning of the 13th Century, displays treasures collected over 800 years. A free audio tour narrated by the Pennington Family, the present owners, guides you round the haunted Castle, enlivening the experience with legends and family anecdotes.

Himalayan Gardens

Plants from all over the world, especially flowering shrubs from the Sino-Himalayan regions, nestle in the wild splendour of over 70 acres of gardens. Many rare and unusual plants flourish here. Spectacular rhododendron collections.

A Family Day Out

Our children's play area with aerial runway, scramble net and fireman's pole provides hours of fun. Visit the indoor MeadowVole Maze and shrink to 5cm small and try to reach the other side without being eaten!

Walks And Trails

Muncaster is located in one of Europe's most dramatic and remote landscapes. The Wild setting of ancient woods and soaring mountains contains provides opportunities to explore designated paths and walks. All beneath the grandeur of Scafell Pike, England's tallest peak.

Hawk and Owl Centre

Explore the resident collection of birds of prey and owls. Enjoy the spectacular flying displays at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm during high season.


Yearly events programme from April until Halloween. Don't miss the Cumbria Life Sausage Festival, the Muncaster Festival with the famous Festival Of Fools, and dare you visit the Monster Cabaret during Halloween Week?!

Further Facilities

Creeping Kate's Cafe - from full meals to light snacks or just afternoon tea - everything is freshly made to your order. Featuring local Cumbrian produce.

Carriage House Gift Shop and Owl Garden Tea Room - Gifts Galore plus plant sales
Also: Weddings, Functions and Meetings.

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(2016 times)

13th Feb to 19th March:
Gardens, Hawk and Owl Centre:
Open daily 11.00am to 4.00pm

(phone to check about Meadowvole Maze in this period)

20th March - 25th October:
Gardens, Hawk and Owl Centre and children's indoor MeadowVole Maze:
Open daily 10.30am to 5.00pm

Open Sunday to Friday 12.00 noon to 4.00pm
Closed Saturdays except Bank Holiday Weekends for private functions

Winter Season November 5th to December 31st:
Gardens, Hawk and Owl Centre:
Open daily 11.00am until 4.00pm

Entry to the site and ticket sales are via Main Gate from Easter to Halloween incl. At other times entry is via the Church Gate entrance (ca 1/3 mile south from our main gate car park and signed for Coach, Disabled and Accommodation parking), with tickets available from the Owl Garden Tearoom or Reception.


Admission Charges

(2016 prices)

Winter Season (13th Feb - 19th Mar and from 1st Nov):

Gardens, Hawk and Owl Centre and Maze:
Adult £7; Child (5-15) £3.50

Full Season (20th Mar - 25th Oct):
Gardens, Owl Centre and MeadowVole Maze:
Adult £10.50; Child (5-15) £5.25
Castle Upgrade:
Adult +£3.00; child (5-15)+£1.50
**  Extra charge for Muncaster Festival (29-31 May) and Halloween.

Map of Muncaster Experience


Located 1 mile south of Ravenglass on the A595. Follow signs for the Western Lake District from junction 36 of the M6 motorway. SatNav CA18 1RD.

Muncaster Experience Postcode for SatNav: CA18 1RQ


+44 (0) 1229 717 614
+44 (0) 1229 717 010

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