Muncaster Orienteering Course

A navigation challenge for all abilities.

Orienteering packs are available from the Main Gate and Bird Box Gift Shop, they cost £5. The pack contains an orienteering map, pencil, instructions, and control scorecard.

The map uses standard orienteering symbols to show the castle grounds and surrounding woodland. There are 16 checkpoints to locate and visit, you can aim to visit some or all of them during your visit to Muncaster. To visit all the controls involves covering a distance of about 4km.

There is a number at each control, corresponding to the number on the map. There is also a code letter that you can record on your scorecard.

This is a great team-building activity for families!

Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle

Halloween Week 2021

Halloween Festival (Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October inclusive)

There will be oodles of fun and Halloween entertainment again this year to make this a “must do” time of year to visit Muncaster! Activities include the Scary Maze, fire juggling shows, alchemy workshops, kids crafts in the Ghostly Grotto and Axe Throwing (over 18’s only, weekends only).
New to the Festival this year is Rag Tag Arts who made the fabulous, enormous cardboard castle at Funcaster in the summer. Now they need your help to create a Day of The Dead masterpiece! Make your lantern in the Eco Barn* and join the evening parade through the gardens making its way to the "Magic Lantern" theatre in the woods. Have a go at our Spooktacular Shootout! Follow the trail and watch out for zombies and skeletons – water pistols supplied!*
*small charge applies for these activities

The “Emporium of Stolen Souls” Castle Show runs hourly from 4pm each day. You must book in advance for the Castle show. Alongside our café which stays open late, there will be food and drink stalls and don’t forget to visit our gift shops.

The spectacular Twilight Owl show returns and must be booked in advance. This is not included in the general entry ticket.
Subject to Covid restrictions. We reserve the right to vary entertainment offered or cancel and refund tickets if covid restrictions return.

You have a choice of 3 tickets: All allow entry from 10.30am
Halloween Castle Daytime including Gardens with Hawk and Owl Centre
This includes entry into the 11.30am and 2pm bird shows, the Scary Maze, the fire juggling shows and all activities listed above. This does not include entry into the evening castle show or the Twilight Owl Show.
Halloween Gardens Entry. This includes entry into the 11.30am and 2pm bird shows, the Scary Maze, the fire juggling shows and all activities listed above. This does not include entry into the Castle during the day, the evening castle show or the Twilight Owl Show.
The Emporium of Stolen Souls Halloween Show. This includes entry into the 11.30am and 2pm bird shows, Hawk and Owl Centre, the Scary Maze, fire juggling shows and all activities listed above. It does not allow entry into the Castle before the show or The Twilight Owl Show.
Please note the 11.30am bird show has very limited seating and works on a first come, first served basis. Seats cannot be booked advance for this show.



Ghost vigil at Muncaster Castle

Ghost Vigil

Muncaster Castle Vigil - Saturday 6th November 2021

Members of the scientific research team, who have been researching the “hauntings” of Muncaster since 1992, will be leading a vigil at the castle on: Saturday 6th November 2021.

They will explain the rationale of scientific investigation and train participants in the use of various items of technical equipment and research methods before supervising the overnight investigation in various locations of the castle.

This is your chance to meet like-minded professional researchers and take part in serious on-going research at the country’s most prominent location. Many of the team’s research findings have been published in top peer-reviewed international scientific journals.

The program will be as follows:

6pm – 6:30pm Arrival and registration in the Castle
6.30pm – 7:00pm Talk on the modus operandi of the vigil
7:00pm – 8:30pm 2 course supper in the Castle
8:30pm – 10:30pm Training in the use of technical equipment to be used on the night. Set up and test equipment in various location.
10:30pm – 4:00am The Vigil
4:00am – 8:00am Sleep, if you are able!
8:30am Breakfast followed by debriefing
10:00am Depart Muncaster Castle

Tea & Coffee will be available throughout the night to keep you going!

About your vigil leader:
Dr Jason Braithwaite is a Reader in Brain Science at Lancaster University. With over 60 publications to his name in peer-reviewed scientific journals, he is a recognised leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of strange and anomalous experiences. He is a skeptic. Jason has been researching the castle since 1992 and heads all scientific work at the castle. Muncaster castle is unique in that it is the only location to have had a scientific research project in place for nearly 20years.


In Our Group

Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle
& Gardens
Coachman's Quarters
Coachman's Quarters
Muncaster Self Catering
Pennington Hotel
The Pennington Hotel
Sella Park Country House Hotel
Sella Park Country House Hotel
Calder Bridge
The Inn at Ravenglass
The Inn at Ravenglass
Muncaster Cottages
Muncaster Cottages

Getting Here

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