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Muncaster Castle is set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape in Britain with the rolling hills of the Lake District surrounding it.

It's also one of the best places in the UK to see wild Tawny Owls and Herons.

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Muncaster - Visitor Guide


Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria.

Postcode CA18 1RQ
Telephone:01229 717 614
Best times to visit:

Spring is a great time to visit Muncaster and its woods.

Herons - Herons are one of the earliest breeding birds in Britain, second only to Ravens, so a visit here in April will find the chicks well grown and almost ready to fly.


Being on this raised bank at Muncaster means you can get a really good view of the birds by looking out across, instead of craning your neck up at the birds in the nest.


Happy Heron Hour - the birds are fed daily at 4.30pm in the afternoon.

Insect watching - early morning is a good time when these creatures tend to still be a little cold and sluggish so it's an ideal time of day for getting a good close look at them.
Ordnance Survey:OS SD 103964
Key attractions:

The World Owl Centre. Daily flying display on the Castle lawns - birds of prey at 2:30pm between mid February and early November. The exact location may vary subject to weather and special events. Flying of the birds is not always possible.


Woodlands walks. Plant Centre.


Renowned for its rhododendrons and bluebells.

Essential kit:

Binoculars for bird watching. Walking boots recommended for walks.

Nature watching:

Birds of prey and bird watching. Walks. Happy Heron Hour.


Disabled access varies due to the nature of the grounds. Wheelchairs for loan on site. The main areas of the gardens, the Owl Centre and Meadow Vole Maze have wheelchair access.


The ground floor of the castle is also accessible by wheelchair. Induction loop for castle tour.

Disabled toilets in the Stable Yard and the Coach Park.

Getting there:

Located close to Barrow in Furness in Cumbria.


If travelling from the south, exit the M6 at Junction 36. Follow signs to Barrow (A590). Before Barrow turn right at Greenodd onto the A5092 (signposted Western Lake District, Workington and Whitehaven).

If travelling from the north, follow the A595 to Cockermouth
from Carlisle and continue past Whitehaven straight to Muncaster.

By Train - Ravenglass Railway Station is located one mile from Muncaster.

Public transport - buses from Ravenglass to Muncaster.
Bus times - Traveline - 0870 6082608.

Opening times:

Spring opening: The Gardens, Owl Centre and Meadow Vole Maze are open daily.


Muncaster Interactive is open daily.

Heron Happy Hour daily at 4.30pm


Adults £5 gardens plus £3 castle. Children £2.50 gardens and £1.50 castle. Kids under 5 go free. Family tickets available.

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