Every year the Castle stages exhibitions based on its archive material and priceless contents, plus visiting work and themed displays to tie in with our events.

The season typically begins with a teddy bear themed display at Easter for Teddies Go Free weekend.

Muncaster Lakeland Bears tea party

Muncaster Lakeland Bears ; a permanent collection

In early 2019, we were excited to welcome 80+ Lakeland Bears to Muncaster, which will become part of the Castle’s collection. While the bears will live at Muncaster full time, they’ll spend most of their time in their Castle quarters but you’ll spot some of them sneaking into the ‘posh rooms’ occasionally. They will all be on display together on occasions (such as July 2019’s Bearganza event) but visitors may well spot some bears around the Castle at other times.

Find out more about the Muncaster Lakeland Bears in the Bearganza press release.

bearganza lakeland bear artist

D-Day Landings : 6th-10th June

Marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Learn about what was happening at Muncaster and in the surrounding area at this time.

BearGanza Month : July

July sees the BearGanza with the Muncaster Lakeland Bears taking over the Drawing Room in the Castle. From July 1st – 31st  (excl Saturday 6th when the Castle is closed) come and see the entire Muncaster teddy bear collection and find out all about them.

There will also be a press event on July 2nd, a Teddy Talk with local specialist Ingrid on July 17th (limited numbers, tickets required) and a Pop-Up Teddy Bear Market in the Castle on Sundays July 14th and 28th.

Vintage Teddy Bears dressed up

Peterloo Massacre Bicentennial : 12th – 18th August

Marking two hundred years since this tragic event, find out about the family ancestors who took a principal stand in its aftermath.

Muncaster castle guard room

The Three Graces : 19th August – 2nd September

Sisters Georgiana Seymour ( a beauty queen), Caroline Norton (a feminist social reformer) and Helen Sheridan (an author) were collectively known as ‘The Three Graces’. Come and learn about their astonishing achievements and see the dress worn by Georgiana when she was Queen of Beauty at the Eglinton Tournament.

Find out more about this exhibition.

Volunteering at the Castle

Witches : October

Do you believe in witches? No? Come on down to this Castle this Halloween to see if we can convince you otherwise!

haunted Muncaster

Looking ahead to 2020

In this image is a taster of an exhibition coming up in 2020. Can you guess the theme?

Roman fort model

Visitors with Castle entrance tickets have access to the exhibitions at no further charge.

Holders of Gardens tickets can upgrade for a small charge at the Castle door.

The Castle is open Sunday to Friday (on occasionally on Saturdays at bank holidays plus some school holidays) from around Easter through to the end of October, and Saturday and Sunday in the winter season. Normal Castle opening times are 12 noon to 4pm, although these are subject to change (for example during Halloween Week) and visitors are advised to check for the date of their visit to avoid disappointment.