The historic haunted castle, still a lived-in family home, is the jewel in the majestic setting of the Western Lake District

Host to weddings and functions as well as open to the public, the Castle has been built onto, extended and refurbished with almost every era in history, as with many great buildings.  The most recent of these projects, and the Castle as we see it today, was commissioned by the fourth Lord Muncaster in 1885 and executed by the famous architect, Anthony Salvin.

Step through the front door into the ancient Great Hall and adjoining Guard Room based in the original fortified pele tower and the Castle’s complex architectural history and much greater age is more apparent. Its sumptuous state rooms and beautiful furniture and artwork span the centuries of Pennington family occupation and include seasonal exhibitions to highlight interesting artifacts from the Castle’s collections.

The Castle’s audio tour, narrated by members of the family, will take you around the public rooms in around 40 minutes, or longer if you choose. Full of family anecdotes and tales from the past, it introduces you to Muncaster’s colourful history and residents. Learn about Tom Fool aka Tom Skelton, court jester at Muncaster in the 16th Century with his links to Shakespeare and the ghost stories about him causing trouble today!

Find out more about the historic haunted Castle experiences.

Read the Castle Curators Diary below:

  • Volunteer Week 6th-10th March

    Volunteer Week 6th-10th March

    Just a heads-up that we're having a Volunteer Week during w/c 6th March, for current volunteers and for anyone who's interested to come along and meet us. This is for spring-cleaning mostly, ahead of the [...]

  • Rocking Horse Renovations

    Rocking Horse Renovations

    Here is Angela the amazing upholsterer, who has been working on various upholstery projects at the Castle over the last while, doing more amazing heritage restoration work on one of several antique rocking horses [...]

  • Volunteer Taster Afternoon 23rd Nov 12-3pm

    Volunteer Taster Afternoon 23rd Nov 12-3pm

    On Wednesday 23rd November we would like to invite you to Muncaster Castle for a Volunteer Taster Afternoon, to find out more about the amazing volunteer opportunities we have to offer. You can meet our [...]

Read the Buildings Maintenance Manager’s Blog below:

  • News from the Library refurb

    News from the Library refurb

    Following the scratch coat on the laths, we have repaired all the cracks in the ceiling and washed down the ceiling and walls. The ceiling has now nearly had [...]

  • Maintenance in the Library

    Maintenance in the Library

    Winter closing is all too short a window for the scale of some of the maintenance jobs we undertake at Muncaster. This winter we have been redecorating in the Library plus repairing some failed plaster, which [...]