The Hawk & Owl Centre within the gardens of Muncaster Castle is open daily mid-February to mid November and weekends mid-Nov to Dec 23rd inclusive, a memorable part of a great family day out in Cumbria.

It comprises the Centre itself and its bird collection, together with sensational bird of prey flying displays twice daily in the main season, once at weekends in low season, plus wild heron feed. These are all included in the price of your Gardens ticket; a great value day out with the kids or for groups.

Muncaster Hawk & Owl Centre

It also provides an umbrella organisation for our wider Conservation Matters projects both right at home here in the Castle’s gardens and out on the estate as well as in the wider world in association with our conservation partners.

The Hawk & Owl Centre is run in association with the internationally-acclaimed Hawk Conservancy Trust and through them we partner birdlife conservation projects worldwide.

Sky Hunters bird of prey display

 PLEASE NOTE that no dogs are allowed in the Hawk & Owl Centre which includes the Old Rose Garden arena (assistance dog handlers – please contact us for advice) but are welcome in the Owl Garden Tearoom, at the entrance to the Centre. Dogs and their owners may watch the bird displays on the Meadow from the designated viewing area. Dogs are very welcome elsewhere in the gardens including the wild heron feed from the Cannon Bank but must be kept on a lead.

Take a look at the range of Hawk & Owl Centre experiences which you can buy through our online store. Some are available as open-dated vouchers or onsite on the day whereas others are seasonal or fixed-date experiences. A treat for yourself or a fabulous gift? There’s something for everyone.

LOVE our Centre birds? You can buy a bird adoption through the online store too. See the Adopters Roll of Honour (updated monthly).

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In 2015, Muncaster Castle were pleased to announce the start of a new chapter in Muncaster’s conservation work with owls and other birds of prey together with the Hawk Conservancy Trust, an association beginning from 7th May. View the 15th April 2015 press release and pictures.