Things To See & Do

Listed below are some of the attractions in the Ravenglass area. To find out more about the area further afield just follow the links on the left of this page.

Muncaster Castle

Britain’s most haunted castle, home of the legendary Tom Fool, with 77 acres of beautiful grounds and breathtaking views across the Esk valley.

World Owl Trust

The World Owl Trust works on owl conservation on a global scale, and has members in many countries around the world. Our conservation programmes protect populations of endangered owls until their habitat has been restored. This is the purpose of our Owl Centre.
The Trust’s Owl Centre is based in the beautiful wooded gardens of historic Muncaster Castle and every year we welcome over 70,000 visitors to see one of the most comprehensive owl collections in existence.
The Trust is a registered charity and relies heavily on the generous donations it receives from our members, supporters and visitors to the Centre.


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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

A seven mile journey through beautiful scenery from Ravenglass to the foothills of Sca Fell.


Ravenglass Railway Museum

Based at Ravenglass Station alongside the main line railway. The Museum is accessible by wheelchair ramp, and the audio visual show has subtitles and hearing loop.
Open whenever R&ER trains are running. Entry is free but donations are welcomed. A registered charity
Contact Peter Van Zeller on 01229 717296

Roman Bath House

Ravenglass was an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, GLANNAVENTA. Little remains now of their large fort except for the remarkable bath house, now known as Walls Castle. This is one of the largest surviving Roman structures in England, about 40 feet by 90 feet with walls over 12 feet high, and containing everything from hot saunas to cold baths.

Ravenglass was a regional supply point for much of the north west, with a Roman road from Ravenglass through the Hard Knott Pass to the Roman fort at Ambleside. Ravenglass was occupied by the Romans for over 300 years, and had a garrison of a thousand soldiers.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:- Ravenglass is a site of considerable archaeological interest and excavations are planned in the near future. The use of metal detectors by unauthorised persons anywhere in the Muncaster area is strictly forbidden. HELP PRESERVE OUR PRECIOUS HERITAGE FOR ALL TO ENJOY.

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Hadrian’s Cycleway

Hadrian’s Cycleway, signed as National Route 72,

Route: From Glannaventa Roman Bath House, Ravenglass to Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields.

Distance: 174 miles

The route stretches the length of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. Magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside, roman forts and museums, inspiring modern attractions, quaint villages and attractive market towns, all set in a World Heritage Site: this cycle route has it all! You will ride through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside where you can “get away from it all” and enjoy the freedom of cycling in this unspoilt area.

Route 72, can be cycled in either direction, though it is normally cycled west to east. It runs mainly on country lanes and quiet roads, interspersed with sections of traffic-free path, promenade and riverside path. The coastal sections at either end of the route are relatively flat, but there are a few steep, short hills in the central section.

Eskdale Golf Course

A unique, 18 hole, golfing experience for players of all abilities, also Salmon and Sea Trout fishing along the banks of the River Esk.
Contact:- 01229 717680

There is also an 18 hole links course at nearby Seascale.

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Whitehaven Harbour
Further Afield

The Western Lake District

Local Towns
From coastal gem towns such as Whitehaven, Millom, Workington, and Maryport, to the beautifully presented Georgian streets of Cockermouth.
From the northern seaside towns of Allonby and Silloth boasting one of the most coveted coastlines in the country, to the quiet and unassuming towns of St Bees and Beckermet.
These are to name a few of the most beautiful towns in the Western Lake District, all packed with things to see and do, and places to stay.

West Cumbria
There is a wide variety of things to see and do on offer in West Cumbria. We have award winning Lake District visitor attractions as well as exciting new activities and many outdoor pursuits in the Lake District. The possibilities are endless.

The Lake District National Park

England’s largest National Park includes Scafell Pike, our highest mountain, and Wastwater, our deepest lake. Its rich history includes Roman forts and Romantic poets. Centuries-old traditions like houndtrailing and rushbearing still flourish. You can walk, canoe, sail or climb around its spectacular coastline, lakes and fells.


Cumbrian Coastal Way

Find out about the Cumbria Coastal Way and other walking routes in the area on the Ramblers Association website