Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre
Where: Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre, Cumbria
When: 23 Mar - 30 Dec 2013
Opening hours: 12pm-4pm
Website: Visit website
Muncaster Castle is a fantastic day out for all the family. The historic haunted castle still lived in as a family home, is the jewel in the crown of this majestic setting on the Western Lake District. Visitors can see the Castle in all its glory and hear from the Pennington family who have resided in the Castle since 1208. Learn about Tom Fool aka Tom Skelton, court jester at Muncaster in the 16th Century with his links to Shakespeare and hear the ghost stories that suggest he may still be causing trouble today.
The Gardens, dating back to the 18th Century, are now home to one of Europe’s largest collections of Rhododendrons. Alongside all the beauty, the team are working in partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Edinburgh amongst others, working hard to conserve endangered plants and trees. Visitors can experience sheer natural wonder at the ‘Gateway to Paradise’ with views over to Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park) and over the Esk Valley toward Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.
Lastly there is the World Owl Centre, located within the gardens of Muncaster Castle, which is the headquarters of the World Owl Trust. This charity is widely acknowledged as the world's leading owl conservation organisation. Large and small, fierce and friendly, beautiful and strange, here you will find one of the largest collections of these thrilling birds of prey in existence. From fish owls to diminutive pygmy owls, there are more than forty different types of these magnificent Owls on display for you to wonder and enjoy.
The World Owl Centre is open every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and entry is included in your Gardens ticket.
Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
From the South:
Leave the M6 at Junction 36. Follow signs to Barrow (A590). Before reaching Barrow turn right at Greenodd onto the A5092 (signposted Western Lake District, Workington and Whitehaven). This joins the A595 which will bring you to Muncaster.
From the North:
From Carlisle follow the A595 to Cockermouth, and continue on past Whitehaven. This road bypasses Ravenglass and goes straight through to Muncaster.
From the East:
Take in one of 'Britain's Seven Wonders' as voted by you in an RAC online poll by taking in the beautiful Hard Knott Pass from Ambleside - if you're brave enough!
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