Muncaster Castle, has been home to the Pennington family for 800 years. Three generations of the family live in the Castle today and can often be found guiding visitors around their house or working in the gardens. The Castle rooms, including The Great Hall, the Dining Room and the wood panelled Victorian Billiard Room are a treasure chest of art, antiques, history and culture.
The mediaeval Castle is bordered by beautiful gardens, with the backdrop of the spectacular views of the Lakeland Fells. Unusual plants, trees and flowers from all over the world grow in the landscaped areas and the wild woods. Planted over 200 years ago, the gardens have been described as the Gateway to Paradise. Our newly opened Plant Centre stocks over 250 different varieties of hardy shrub along with an extensive herb collection and seasonal plants.
The World Owl Centre, just one of Muncaster's many other on-site attractions, boasts the finest and largest collection of owls in the world, from the tiny pygmy owl to the massive European Eagle owl and is home to over 50 species. On fine days, the keepers fly the birds and visitors can see the magical creatures up close and hear their fascinating stories. The World Owl Centre also manages a worldwide conservation programme, including a unique programme of feeding wild herons each day on the Cannon Bank in front of the Castle.
The Meadowvole Maze, a purpose built indoor maze, gives visitors the chance to see the world from a Meadowvole's point of view. Shrink to just half an inch and help cartoon character Max Meadowvole find his way home without being eaten.
Muncaster Interactive is an exciting new development that allows visitors to take virtual tours of the Castle, Gardens and Owls, view the webcams, learn some fascinating historical facts or try their hand at specially designed puzzles.
Legend has it that Muncaster Castle is one of the most haunted places in England. Tom Fool, castle jester in the 1600's, is just one of the ghosts who are thought to roam around at night. The vision of Mary Bragg, a local girl who died in the Victorian era, has appeared in the churchyard and overnight guests have heard children crying in the Tapestry Room. Brave souls can pre-book a late night ghost tour and sleep with the spooks in the haunted room.
If you don't fancy a night in the haunted room, the Coachman's Quarters in Muncaster's gardens offer 4 star bed and breakfast accommodation.
Muncaster is also becoming well known as a romantic place to spend the most special day of your life. Couples can marry in the splendour of the Great Hall or the medieval chapel and host their wedding party in the Dining Room or magnificence of the Drawing Room.
Creeping Kate's Kitchen, Muncaster's on-site cafe, boasts an extensive menu with meals to suit everyone's tastes, from soup and sandwiches to exotic ostrich burgers.
And throughout the year special events take place, from a Festival of Fools, celebrating Britain's wackiest entertainers to Darkest Muncaster, offering visitors a magical evening of family fun. From October to March, the wild woods are transformed into an enchanted garden with light shows, special effects and music.
All events and attractions are open from mid February to early November.
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