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Muncaster Castle  Tours

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Muncaster Castle 
A holiday in England wouldn’t be complete without visiting a haunted and historic castle. Cue Muncaster Castle and Gardens, a lavish 800-year-old property that is still lived in by members of the Pennington family, owners of the estate since the Middle Ages. Located in the idyllic Western Lake District and overlooking the Esk River, the castle was constructed in 1208 — it could, however, be much older than that; it is suspected that the castle was built over foundations dating back to the Roman era.

Because of its key location along the Scottish–English border, Muncaster Castle features a fine example of a 14th-century peel tower, which was endemic to the area and intended as a watch tower where signal fires could be lit by the garrison to warn of approaching danger. Once described as “a gateway to paradise” by John Ruskin, the castle’s Terrace Walk features verdant flora and a meadow maze.

One of the main particularities of the castle, outside its exceptional architectural heritage, is the presence of a ghost who goes by the name of Tom Fool, court jester. Rarely seen but frequently sensed, his playful spirit has been playing tricks on Tapestry Room visitors for well over four centuries. 

Practical Info

Muncaster Castle is open from March 30 to September 3 from noon to 4:30pm six days a week (closed on Saturdays for private functions). Tickets to the castle, gardens, owl center and maze cost £13 per adult, £7.50 per child and are free for children under 5. On-site parking is free for those who come by car from Liverpool or Manchester. The journey takes 2.5 hours via the M6 and the A5092. On-site accommodation is also possible at the Coachman’s Quarters B&B, with rates starting at £60 per night.

Address: Ravensglass, England
Hours: Open from March 30 to September 3 from noon to 4:30pm, Sunday-Friday. Closed Saturdays.
Admission: Adults: £13,Children: £7.50, Children under 5 are free.
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

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Discover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to hike on a full-day minibus tour of the national park’s high mountain passes from Keswick. Absorb incredible views from the Wrynose and Hardknott Mountain Passes, ride through Eskdale Valley on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and drink in panoramas from Wastwater, voted Britain’s best view. Entry to Muncaster Castle and a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are included.
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5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

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Explore the rugged Lake District on this 5-day experience from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and two full-day tours & one half day tour. Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. You will also enjoy a half day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour visiting Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Hill Top Farm. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes a fantastic overview of the Lake District plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
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4-Day Lake District Tour including two Full Day Tours

4-Day Lake District Tour including two Full Day Tours

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Immerse yourself in the stunning Lake District on this 4-day tour including accommodation and two day trips. Stay three nights at the 4-star hotel, and on arrival, enjoy free time to explore Bowness and Lake Windermere independently. On Day 2, enjoy a full-day tour to ten of Lakeland’s most beautiful lakes, including Grasmere and Buttermere. Then, on Day 3, experience the mountain passes and Ravenglass and Eskdale railway of western Lakeland. Daily breakfasts and dinners, plus hotel transfers are also included in your tour.
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Private Hire - The High Adventure Tour

Private Hire - The High Adventure Tour

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The Lake District is considered among the most spell-bindingly beautiful corners of the British countryside, but organizing transportation to explore solo takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, spin through the Lake District with your private guide at the wheel, and reach must-see sites including Blea Tarn, Hardknott Roman Fort, and Wastwater Lake in comfort. Along the way, admire uninterrupted views from Wrynose Pass and the Eskdale railway line.
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3 Day Lake District Tour including Central & Western Lakes

3 Day Lake District Tour including Central & Western Lakes

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Explore the Cumbria region by auto, train, and boat on this 3-day, 2-night tour. Travel through scenic villages and over mountain passes, admiring the picturesque views and scenery. Take a ride on a narrow gauge railway and enjoy a lake cruise. Two nights accommodation in either a bed and breakfast or hotel are included.
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Private Hire : High Adventure Tour in 16 Seater Minibus

Private Hire : High Adventure Tour in 16 Seater Minibus

Our Private Hire High Adventure Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 16 Seater minibuses will allow you to travel the Lake District in style. Discover the beautiful sights of the Western Lake District on this adventurous full-day tour. Discover the magnificent scenery of the Lake District with its beautiful mountains and dramatic lakes. Make your way over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes, the steepest passes in England we drive past the extraordinary remains of Hardknott Roman Fort. In the afternoon you will drive onward to “Britain’s Favourite View” at Wastwater, England’s deepest and most dramatic lake. Your next destination is the splendid Muncaster Castle, where you can explore its internationally acclaimed gardens and World Owl Trust.
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What are Muncaster Castle  hours of operation?
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Muncaster Castle  hours of operation: Open from March 30 to September 3 from noon to 4:30pm, Sunday-Friday. Closed Saturdays.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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