If you have any queries about visiting Muncaster Castle please call 01229 717614 or email: info@muncaster.co.uk

Opening Times

23 March 2024 - 3 November 2024 : Open Daily

  • Castle: 12-4pm
  • Gardens: 10.30am-5pm
  • Hawk & Owl Centre: 10.30am-4.30pm
  • The Stables Yard Cafe: 10.30am-4pm
  • World of Owls Display in Hawk & Owl Centre: 11.30am
  • Sky Hunters Display: 2pm
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Conservation Matters

Via the Hawk and Owl Centre and also through the wider Estate’s management program, Muncaster is active in conservation locally, nationally and internationally and works to promote awareness of environmental issues with visitors and the local community.

Within the Castle gardens we provide opportunities to the public to come close to beautiful and endangered birds and to better understand their contribution to the balance of our ecocultures and the threats which they face to survive. We’re particularly interested in vulture conservation and you can find out more at the centre and our displays as well as on our Muncaster Vultures page.

Conservation Matters
Bluebells

A natural environment

We provide a natural environment with varied habitats covering wild woodland, wildflower meadows and unmown grassland, ponds and streams supporting a wide range of native wildlife as well as native and exotic plant species, many now rare in their original homes. Visitors are encouraged to explore the extensive grounds and to enjoy their diversity. We welcome visits by schools and youth groups wishing to use our resources to work towards national curricular links.

Gardens & Wider Estate

The gardens and the wider Estate are managed sustainably and efforts are ongoing to clear and limit invasive species and to plant and replant to promote biodiversity and preserve habitat. The Estate includes a number of SSSIs as well as important habitats for rare plants and animals.

Barn Owl in flight
Red Squirrels

Red Squirrels

Amongst other initiatives, the Estate and its volunteers work actively with other groups to support the local red squirrel population which, though famously shy, can occasionally be spotted in the gardens and in the local area.

Heard about Twiggy, the orphaned roe deer fawn?

A totally unexpected conservation project taken on by Iona and Peter Frost Pennington!
How exciting is this? Following her having been spotted with a fawn during the winter, here’s Twiggy our orphan roe deer with apparently TWO fawns, a hind and a buck, grazing in Muncaster’s gardens. How fantastic, three years on from the tragedy of her mother’s death in a road accident and her birth by Caesarian section, plus all the trauma faced by Peter and Iona Frost Pennington of trying to raise a wild creature without domesticating her. Evidently they did a great job and we’re delighted to see that despite being hand-raised by humans, she’s living independently, found a wild mate and is raising her own kids on the Muncaster estate.

Twiggy
Reducing Food Miles

Reducing Our Food Miles

Here at Muncaster, we grow seasonal fruit and vegetables in our greenhouses, vegetable patch and walled garden. This fresh, locally sourced produce is used in the Castle, The Stables Café and Pennington Hotels kitchens.

Bugingham Palace

Bugingham palace and its surrounding wildflowers, provides a sanctuary for many pollinating insects. Brightening up the gable end of the Eco Barn, Bugingham Place is at it’s best in the summer months when visitors can delight at the bees and butterflies that visit the vibrant display of wildflowers.

Bugingham Palace
Eco Barn

Eco Barn

At Muncaster we take pride in wildlife conservation and aim to promote biodiversity across the gardens and wider estate. Muncaster Eco Barn offers visitors the opportunity to see what is going on here at Muncaster and the wonderful nature and wildlife that surrounds us. From harvesting wildflower seeds, to providing sanctuaries for bees, pond creatures, bats and birds the Eco Barn showcases an ever-changing exhibition of what we can all do to help wildlife and the environment.

Muncaster Bird Hide

Muncaster’s bird hide is a tranquil hide away where you can spend a quiet moment, or even several hours, enjoying the sounds of nature and observing the profusion of birds that visit the feeders. Many birds that visit the Muncaster gardens are rung with a metal ring on their leg that displays a unique number, we carry this out as part of our research into the survival, productivity and movement of certain species.

Bird Hide
Netted Carpet Moth

Netted Carpet Moth

Research carried out by Barbara Francik, an Oxford undergraduate in 2021, concluded that Muncaster is home to 20 patches of a rare, native plant called Touch-me-not-Balsam. This plant is the sole foodplant to the netted carpet moth larvae and so is vital for the survival of the netted carpet moth. Muncaster is working hard to identify and preserve fragile habitats such as these to play our part in conserving endangered species such as the netted carpet moth. More information about this work can be found in the Eco Barn.

Ground Source Heat Pump

In 2019 a ground source heat pump was installed in the castle, providing low carbon energy as well as benefitting the historic building itself. Heat pumps replicate the traditional form of heating old buildings, as they perform best when operated constantly during cold periods to provide background heat. We have already seen the benefits of this at Muncaster, as the humidity in grand rooms has decreased and the chattels are no longer exposed to large temperature fluctuations.

Ground Source Heat Pump
Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Solar panels were installed on the roof of the Meadowvole Maze in 2021 and are already making a difference. The aim is to make the entire complex carbon neutral. To date the solar panels are running the electrics for the castle but we are hoping to get this extended to the rest of the grounds, café and offices in due course. The panels are masked by trees and are south facing so they are difficult to spot!

Muncaster Castle Gardens & Estate

Getting Here

Muncaster Castle
Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

info@muncaster.co.uk

Opening Times

  • 23 March - 3 November: Open Daily
Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Estate

Opening Times

23 March 2024 - 3 November 2024 : Open Daily

  • Castle: 12-4pm
  • Gardens: 10.30am-5pm
  • Hawk & Owl Centre: 10.30am-4.30pm
  • The Stables Yard Cafe: 10.30am-4pm
  • World of Owls Display in Hawk & Owl Centre: 11.30am
  • Sky Hunters Display: 2pm

Find & Contact

Muncaster Castle
Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

01229 717614
info@muncaster.co.uk

The Castle

The Castle

The Gardens

The Gardens

Hawk & Owl Centre

Hawk & Owl Centre

What's On

What's On