A summer day is never complete without a family trip to a historic castle.
And Muncaster Castle, in the idyllic Western Lake District Fells, is a place that more than lives up to expectations.
There’s a reason it wins so many awards – and it’s a perfect place to enjoy a day on your doorstep.
The historic castle is nestled in stunning scenery and is why famous writer John Ruskin described the local sights as the “gateway to heaven”.
This paradise offers something for everyone.
First, there are the 77 acres of wild woodland gardens surrounding the castle.
You’ll find all sorts of attractions here, including the Enchanted Path which winds through the trees through some of Muncaster’s hidden corners and is perfect for younger visitors.
The Yeti Adventure Quarry takes you high into the tree canopy with rope ladders, a suspended net bridge and slides while the giant swing sends you soaring through the sky.
The MeadowVole maze is where you will meet Max MeadowVole who needs help getting home safely.
Answer the questions, follow the path and guide him safely.
For visitors of all ages, the Hawk and Owl Center puts on two magical bird shows where you can witness the silent flight of an owl, the speed of a hawk, or a majestic eagle soaring above the valley. .
The World of Owls exhibit begins at 11:30am with the exhilarating Sky Hunters birds of prey exhibit at 2pm.
It’s a thrilling experience with magnificent birds flying just above the heads of the audience.
All this before even entering the historic castle.
It is believed to stand on Roman remains and has a reputation as one of the most haunted castles in England. The Hall of Tapestries is said to be the center of many strange happenings.
A day in Muncaster will show why it has won two prestigious titles at this year’s Cumbria Tourism Awards – Small Tourist Attraction of the Year – and winner of the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism award.
Among other initiatives, Muncaster provides a natural environment with diverse habitats covering wild forests, wildflower meadows and unmown meadows, ponds and streams supporting a wide range of local wildlife as well as native plant species and exotic.
Muncaster offers a day out on your doorstep that will more than satisfy every member of the family.