Lottie visited in June 2012 on a trip to Cumbria (Western Lake District). She enjoyed the scents and sights of the castle grounds including the Sundial Gardens and the Wildflower Meadow. She saw some of the gardens twice as we took it in turns to visit the castle (where dogs are not allowed). There are plenty of seats in the gardens if you just want to rest, eat a picnic or admire the views. One of the highlights of our visit was the resident owls in the Owl Centre, some kept a close watch on Lottie! We enjoyed the flying display in the afternoon but Lottie was a bit spooked so we didn't get too close. Creeping Kate’s cafe in the stable yard was ideal for a bite to eat at lunchtime. We enjoyed tuna mayonnaise baguettes and a pot of tea. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating areas, some of which are undercover - useful on a wet or chilly day. Lottie travelled by the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. It took us about 30 minutes to walk from Ravenglass Station via Ravenglass Roman Bath House and Decoy Wood. All in all a very good day out; other visitors we met, both two legged and four, also seemed to be enjoying themselves.
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DogPeople Says : Muncaster Castle
Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the gardens and in a special viewing area for dogs and their owners on the Meadow for the afternoon “Sky Hunters” bird of prey display. Everyone (including dogs) is welcome at the Wild Heron Feed, afternoons daily year round on the Cannon Bank. Plenty of walks available in and around the area. Partly covered courtyard with tables and chairs outside the cafe welcomes dogs with responsible owners. Water bowls available at the main gate, tearoom and cafe.
Historic castle, reputedly haunted, home to the Pennington family for 800 years - historic furnishings and superb works of art. Woodland gardens covering 77acres, renowned for rhododendrons & camellias. World Owl Centre with 50 species of owls.
Open early Feb to Dec, see website for current opening hours and calendar of events.
Assistance dogs only in the castle itself.
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