"Muncaster Castle Gardens." Top 5 Page for this destination Cumbria Things to Do Tip by nickandchris
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Just the most amazingly beautiful gardens I have visited!Over seventy acres of spectacular gardens and woodland to wander around to your heart's content.
Plants from all over the world, especially from the Sino-Himalayan region, have been cleverly placed throughout the grounds and there is always something spectacular to look at, whatever the season. In winter, many of the trees and shrubs are lit up which must be beautiful.As we were visiting in early May, we knew the rhododendrons would be at their peak. We were not disappointed and I just couldn't stop taking photos!!An added bonus is the fantastic backdrop of the glorious Lakeland mountains, offering yet more photographic opportunities!
Do come wearing decent footwear as there is loads of walking to be done on over six miles of footpaths and it often can be rather wet underfoot.
One of the most colourful areas in May is the Ghyll, which meanders steeply down in front of the castle. So many different colours are on display here and with the Lakeland landscape behind, you can't avoid being impressed.
Within the gardens is the Owl Centre (seperate tip), a garden centre, a cafe and gift shop and a childrens playground. The local heronry is often fed at 4.30pm, causing much excitement as they roost in the trees on Cannon Bank, patiently awaiting their free meal! Yet more photos!
Apart from the spectacular colours of the flowers and shrubs, the highlight for us was the bluebell woods. Absolutely amazing. The whole woodland is carpeted with blue, such a beautiful sight. This can be a wet walk, being in the shade and does involve some uphill walking but not to be missed in early May.
Admission for gardens in full season: £8 per adult.
For more info, please look at my Ravenglass page tips.
Address: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Directions: On the A595, south of Ravenglass.
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