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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Exhibition, Mon 19 Aug - Mon 2 Sep 2019, £6.37-£15

Image by kind permission of Manchester Art Gallery

Image by kind permission of Manchester Art Gallery

The Honourable Mrs Caroline Norton and Her Sisters, artist William Etty. Image courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery


A queen of beauty, a feminist social reformer and a literary talent: Muncaster Castle celebrates the achievements of three remarkable Victorian sisters.
Talented, plucky and spirited women are well represented throughout the family tree of Iona Frost-Pennington, Muncaster's current owner. Thomas Sheridan and Caroline Henrietta Callander had three daughters: Caroline, Helen and Jane Georgiana, known collectively by their contemporaries as “The Three Graces” , because of their beauty, wit and accomplishments. Georgiana is Iona’s great-great-great grandmother.

'The Three Graces' Exhibition showcases the lives of the Sheridan Sisters with costumes worn by Georgiana when she was the Eglinton Tournament's Queen of Beauty, songs and poems by Helen, and the documentary evidence of the pioneering determination of Caroline.
A replica of Georgiana’s Queen of Beauty dress is being made for Iona’s daughter Isla, which, when not being modelled by Georgiana’s 4x great granddaughter, will be on display as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition can be viewed in the Castle from August 19th to September 2nd, 12 noon to 4pm daily, and is available to no extra charge to holders of admittance tickets including the Castle.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 19 Aug - Mon 2 Sep 2019 12:00 to 16:00
Muncaster's Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre are open from 10.30 to 5pm, with the Castle's public rooms and 'The Three Graces' exhibition open 12 noon to 4pm.


Exhibitions in the Castle are no extra charge to holders of Muncaster general admittance tickets including the Castle's public rooms, for which prices are: Adult £15 (£12.75 online), Child 5-15 £7.50 (£6.37 online), Under 5s free, Friends of Muncaster free.


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We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice. Dogs are welcome on site but can't enter the castle or Owl Centre.


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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

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