Muncaster Castle named one of the most amazing Royal places in Britain
PUBLISHED: 15:25 05 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013
One of the region's great castles features in a new guide to Britain's royal places
Can there be any finer setting for an English castle? This stunning image of Muncaster was taken by Keith Wood from the east on the valley floor adjacent to the River Esk.
It captures the drama, romance and the great beauty to be found in the castles surrounding woodland and it represents one of the great historic views of this land.
Muncaster, founded near Ravenglass in the mid-13th century, has strong royal connections. It was here that Henry VI was given shelter in 1464 by Sir John Pennington. Upon his departure, the grateful King gave the family his drinking bowl known as the Luck of Muncaster.
He promised that as long as the bowl remained intact, the Penningtons would live and thrive there. While the kings fortunes were decidely mixed, the bowl is still there and so are the Penningtons, sharing this great building with thousands of visitors and several ghosts, who sing, cry and rattle door handles.
This strong Royal connection earns Muncaster a prominent place in a new book from Readers Digest called The Most Amazing Royal Places in Britain.
It is an entertaining guide taking you on a round-Britain tour of great estates, sumptuous palaces, gorgeous gardens and the former hideaways of our kings and queens.
Just for readers
Lancashire Life readers can order this book for the special price of 11.99 (rrp 14.99 with free p&p for the UK only). Visit www.thehobbywarehouse.co.uk/most-amazing-places-royal and quote promotional code R3122 upon checkout or call The Hobby Warehouse on 0844 8805851.
Meanwhile, Muncasters gardens and owl centre are open daily and the castle is open Sunday to Friday. Key CA18 1RQ into your Satnav and you should find it.