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Muncaster Gardens

Muncaster Gardens

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Garden, £3.50-£13

VAQAS HISTORIC HOUSES ASSOC FRIENDS

Details

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.

For further details see www.muncaster.co.uk

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice.

Opening details

Last admission 17.00.

Prices

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.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice.

Location

Directions

Plan route to Muncaster Castle using TransportDirect.infoPlan route using TransportDirect.info

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 from Ravenglass station