Castle

Castle 2017-02-11T11:42:14+00:00

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:

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  • Rocking Horse Renovations

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    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 [...]

Read the Buildings Maintenance Manager’s Blog below:

  • Volunteer at Muncaster in 2017!

    The last 12 months have been amazing, exciting and extremely rewarding but we could never have achieved so much progress without the help of our fabulous Volunteers. In the Castle itself, because of the gift [...]

  • Library Refurbishment – Final Post

    The final post (sorry for the delay),  for the Library job saw Jeff and I lay up and trowel off the lime skim coat on the repaired section of plaster,   The last coats of paint were applied [...]

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    Library renovations update, 1st March

    These photos aren't the best, but we've fallen behind again with updates due to not enough hours in the day! The float coat was laid up with Richard Toogood (Prince's Foundation) a fortnight ago [...]