Muncaster Gardens at Muncaster Castle
Plants from all over the world, especially the Sino-Himalayan region, nestle in the wild splendour of over 70 acres of gardens with the dramatic backdrop of the glorious Lakeland fells. Many rare and unusual trees and plants flourish here. Whatever the time of the year there is always something in flower spectacular Rhododendron, Camellia and Azalea collections blend with majestic mature trees and parkland.
Although wonderful to explore at any time of year, springtime is when Muncaster gardens are at their superlative best and the month of May is the peak of the flowering season. Don't expect neatly manicured borders and regimented ranks of bedding plants; this wild, woodland garden will surprise and delight with huge tresses of flowers in a myriad of hues cascading down the hillsides and ravines that surround Muncaster. The flowering camellias, magnolias and our native wild daffodils abound in March but as April turns to May the rhododendrons and azaleas are simply a riot of colour throughout the 77 acres of gardens.
A highlight of springtime at Muncaster is to enjoy a walk through the high woodlands above the Castle when the bluebells are in flower. Few visitors will be unmoved by the undulating sea of native bluebells spread out throughout the ancient coppice woodlands before the tree leaves and bracken fronds diminish the light falling to the forest floor. Whether dancing in the breeze, dappled by the sunlight or drenched in sweet and life-bringing spring showers, from mid April until mid May Muncaster's Bluebell Heaven will lighten the soul and refresh our human spirit. Please check the website for advice on when the bluebells are at their best, and please note that visitors with mobility issues are not recommended to take the rough, steep pathways up to Bluebell Heaven.
Summer season, gardens, owl centre and meadowvole maze, adult £10.00, child, 5-15 yrs £6.00. Castle upgrade, adult +£3.00, child 5-15yrs £1.50.
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Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Map reference: SD 103963 Lat: 54.35432 Long: -3.38167
Located 1 mile south of Ravenglass on the A595. Follow signs for the Western Lake District from junction 36 of the M6 motorway. SatNav CA18 1RD.
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Ravenglass station
We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice.
Golakes Wild Zone
- Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve
- Dob Ghyll
- Garden at Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre
- Lakes Aquarium
- Low Sizergh Barn
- Low Sizergh Farm Trail at Low Sizergh Barn
- Muncaster Meadowvole Maze at Muncaster Castle
- Muncaster World Owl Centre at Muncaster Castle
- RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
- Scandal Back at Smardale Gill Nature Reserve
- South Walney Nature Reserve
- Surprise View
- Ullswater Steamers
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Events at this venue
|Sat 25 - Wed 29 May 2013||Muncaster Festival|
|Sat 10, Sun 11 Aug 2013||Summer of Fun|
|Sat 10 Aug 2013||Twelfth Night|
|Sun 11 Aug 2013||The Wind in the Willows|
|Sat 24 - Mon 26 Aug 2013||Summer of Fun|
|Sat 26 Oct 2013 - Fri 1 Nov 2013||Halloween Week|
|Sat 7, Sun 8 Dec 2013||Taste Cumbria Christmas Fayre|
|Sat 21 - Mon 23 Dec 2013||Muncaster's Victorian Extravaganza|
|Fri 27, Sat 28 Dec 2013||Muncaster's Victorian Extravaganza|