Muncaster Castle & Gardens

Price guide: Mid-range

Muncaster Estate, Ravenglass , Cumbria , CA18 1RQ

Price guide: Mid-range

The playground, Muncaster Castle
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By David Atkinson, your Lake District expert

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#6 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lake District
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Live entertainment, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for Families - Expert review of Muncaster Castle & Gardens

The best family day out in the West Lakes.

For local heritage and ghostly goings-on, the sprawling seat of the Pennington family has a eventful history going back to the 13th century.

It's a very family-friendly visit with well-thought-out facilities, 77 acres of grounds to run around, plus a great adventure playground with views across to the castle. My five year old particularly liked the World Owl Centre, where she meet our feathered friends at the daily 4.30pm feeding time.

There's a huge programme of annual events, of which the Festival of Fools in May, Summer of Fun Festival in August and the Halloween Week in October are especially popular.

Price advice: 

Winter: gardens, owl centre and maze adult £6.50, child (5-15) £3.50; summer: all attractions adult £13, child £9.

Expert tips: 
I think the indoor Meadow Vole Maze, where kids scurry around a giant wildflower meadow, is better suited to children aged five and over.
The Darkest Muncaster events, which run in autumn with late opening across the site, include a ghost tour - one for the older children.
Buy tickets online in advance and save up to £1 per person.
Muncaster can get pretty crowded during one of the main showcase events, so consider coming early, or late afternoon, to avoid the queues for the baby changing facilities.

More information on Muncaster Castle & Gardens :

Price guide:
Historic site, Park / garden, Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
Muncaster Estate, Ravenglass , Cumbria , CA18 1RQ
01229 717 614
Months open:
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Opening times:
Winter: gardens, owl centre and maze open daily 11am-4pm; castle Sun in December 1-3pm. Summer: March to October gardens, owl centre and maze open daily 10.30am-6pm; castle Sun-Fri noon-4.30pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Festival of Fools

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