Muncaster Castle

Home to the Pennington family since 1208, Muncaster Castle is the jewel in the crown of the Western Lake District. Reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in United Kingdom and a popular destination for those wanting to take part in a real life ghost sit. Will you be brave enough to spend a night in the Tapestry Room waiting for Tom Fool to make a ghostly appearance? Its not all bumps in the night though, the castle boasts spectacular gardens and the World Owl Center home to the World Owl Trust.

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The Ravenglass Railway

Known locally as the La'al Ratty the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a narrow gauge railway that runs for seven miles from the picturesque Cumbrian costal town of Ravenglass up through the beautiful Eskdale valley to Dalegarth Station near the foot of Scafell Pike, England's tallest mountain. The line opened in May 1875 to transport iron ore from a mine near boot down to Ravenglass. The railways oldest locomotive is River Irt, which has parts dating as far back as 1894, with the newest addition being the Douglas Ferreira, which is a diesel-hydraulic built in 2005.

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Ravenglass Village

The charming village of Ravenglass is the only costal village within the boundary of the Lake District National Park and the starting point for Hadrian’s Wall. Nestled along the estuaries of the rivers Esk, Mite and Irt, Ravenglass is the perfect base for anyone wanting to explore the Western Lakes. Steeped in history the village is home to the remains of a Roman bathhouse with both Muncaster Castle and the Eskdale narrow-gauge railway being located a short distance away just outside the village.

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The Cars of the Stars Museum

The museum was the brainchild of Cumbrian painter and sculptor Peter Nelson, who after two years of searching for cars from film and television opened his museum to the public in May 1989. Since then the museum has gone from strength to strength, opening a dedicated James Bond Museum in 2009 and Peter is currently looking for a second Cars of the Stars site. Where else would you find Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, next to not one but three different Batmobiles or Del Boy's Reliant next to Mad Max's Interceptor.

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The Cumberland Pencil Museum

It is said that a violent storm back in the 1500s uprooted a large quantity of trees in the area around Borrowdale leading to the discovery of graphite. The Cumberland Pencil Museum charts the history of pencil making from a cottage industry, through the opening of the UK's first pencil making factory in 1832 to the present day. The pencil factory has had several owners since its inception until it became the Cumberland Pencil Company in 1916. The museum currently houses the longest colour pencil in the world at a staggering 7.91 meters long and weighing an incredible 446.36 kg.

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