Muncaster Castle and Gardens
West Lakes & Coast

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Muncaster Castle and Gardens stand in the most stunning location in the Lake District and offers a full and enthralling day out for all ages. The castle is open for guided tours, and the gardens and plant centre offer a wide range of accessories for your own garden. Complete the day with a visit to the restaurant and gift shop.

The historic castle and gardens, is the jewel in the crown of this majestic setting on the Western Lake District. Dominating the River Esk, Muncaster has been of strategic importance since Roman times, and has been home to the Penningtons since 1208.

The pele tower stands on Roman foundations and was extended through the ages into the Castle of today. In 1862 the fashionable architect Anthony Salvin was engaged by the fourth Lord Muncaster to rebuild the house. Salvin took the courtyard, built by the first Lord Muncaster, and converted it into the present drawing room. The pele tower at the SW end was matched by Salvin with the NW tower. He did a good job, with towers, battlements and mullioned and transomed windows.

In 1208 the land was granted to the Pennington family, and it is still their home, probably only due to the magical 'Luck of Muncaster', a glass drinking bowl belonging to Henry VI. He gave it to the family in 1464 declaring that as long as it remained intact, Penningtons would live and thrive at Muncaster.

A tour of the house may be made with audio commentary, narrated by Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington, the present owner, describing what can be seen in the Great Hall, the Library, the Dining Room, the Drawing Room and the Bedrooms.

Spring and early summer bring a riot of colour to the 77 acres of woodland gardens where the rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas are at their best. Summer flowering herbaceous plants and...


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Muncaster Castle and Gardens
CA18 1RQ
01229 717 614
01229 717 010

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