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Many years ago, we visited the castle gardens but not the house. We have been meaning to make a return visit so took the opportunity on the recent Bank Holiday weekend.

What can I say? The place is amazing! The castle has belonged to various members of the current Pennington family for eight centuries and is their family home so the whole place has a friendly, lived in feeling. Three generations of the Pennington family live in the castle and you are bound to come across one of them on your tours! In fact, you are allowed to see some of the rooms in use but must not look in cupboards or behind doors in case you come across someone's pyjamas and personal effects!Also, the public are not allowed into the family kitchen as they don't wish people to see how untidily they live!!

Upon entering the castle, you are given audio wands with interactive tours of the rooms, narrated by members of the family. It is really quite personal and you can listen to as much or as little as you feel like.

The castle is reputedly one of the most haunted in the country and the Tapestry room seems to be the epicentre. I stood by the bed in this room as people have reported feeling cold there but I felt nothing out of the ordinary.

The admission price per adult has to include the gardens,as you walk through them to reach the castle, which is 10.50 per adult. The gardens on their own are 8. Well worth the money, we spent from 10.30am to 5.30 pm and could still have seen more!

Throughout the year, various tours and events take place with ghost weekends proving very popular!

The castle is closed on normal Saturdays as weddings are held here. See website for opening times.

Gardens tip is seperate tip.

For more info, look at my Ravenglass page.

Address: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Directions: Western Cumbria,on the A595 south of Ravenglass.
Phone: 01229717614
Website: http://www.muncaster.co.uk

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2010
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