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Here at Castle Head, all our food is prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients with the emphasis on providing healthy and hearty meals for all of our guests. We use reputable suppliers who provide the highest quality food. We have a variety of hot wholesome meals including vegetarian options and we provide Halal meat if requested.  We strive to maintain the high standards of our five-star food hygiene rating at all times. If you have any special food requirements please let a member of staff know before you arrive at the centre. Don’t forget to bring a lunch box and a flask for any day trips out. 

Menu: October - March

Menu: April - September


We believe at Castle Head that all our guests should feel welcome and at home. We realise some of our younger guests can feel vulnerable as it’s their first time away from loved ones. We strive to achieve the best and that’s why we have friendly staff that are always on hand to help.

Castle Head has 33 rooms, which can hold up to 160 people. The accommodation available is all in one building and is spread across two different areas.

In the main Wilkinson house the rooms are separated on two upper levels. All of the bedrooms have mirrors, wardrobe space and sockets. Altogether there are two twin en-suite bedrooms, one single bedroom and five dormitory rooms with eight beds which have a shared bathroom on each level.

The other end of the building is the Hillfoot accommodation, which is split between two floors. The top floor has ten spacious dormitory rooms that each have four beds in, three twin en-suite rooms, one single en-suite room and another dormitory with three beds in. The bottom floor has five spacious dormitory rooms with ten beds in, another dormitory room with five beds in, two twin rooms with en-suite and one twin disabled room with a wet room. There is a shared bathroom for students on both the top and bottom floor.  We pride ourselves on having clean, cosy and comfortable bedrooms.

We have three common areas, the student lounge has access to board games and a TV. The other common rooms ('the Chapel' and the 'Hillfoot Common Room') has a little kitchen, table tennis, table football, giant jenga and giant connect four. We also have the Mucklow room which can sometimes be a common room but is used for multiple things. The adult/teachers lounge has an open fire, computer and a TV. We also have a small library, a tuck shop that sells souvenirs and Fairtrade chocolate, and a bar which is open only for adults.

The bedrooms, along with several other rooms mentioned, can be seen on our Virtual Tour page.

Castle Head Access Statement

Catering: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
Kitchen: Self-catering is also considered upon specific request.
TV and Music Facilities: A TV lounge available. Music can be played in common rooms.
Heating/Open Fires:  Dormitory and house accommodation fully central heated with an open fire in the staff lounge.
Linen: All bedding provided, however we are currently unable to provide towels.
Disabled Facilities:  Whilst not a dedicated Centre we have one disabled room with en-suite bathroom available.
Children's Facilities:  We are an Educational Centre and have games and activites on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
Outdoor Facilities:  Extensive range on-site and off-site adventurous activities.
Swimming Pool:  Not on-site, nearest is Kendal Leisure Centre, approx. 20mins drive.
Parking:  Courtyard with space for some cars, in dry periods cars can park on the field. Large coaches are able to gain access to the Centre.
Telecom Facilities:  Poor mobile reception on-site except Vodafone. A payphone is available. We have free Wi-Fi facilities but no computer access.
Smoking:  We would discourage anyone from smoking on-site, but there is a small smoking area available outside.
Pets:  We do not accommodate pets.

Surrounding Area

Nearest Town:  Grange-Over-Sands is the nearest village.
Nearest Shop:  Lindale Village has a small shop. Co-op, Tesco and Spar in Grange-Over-Sands. Asda, Morrisons, Aldi in Kendal.
Nearest Pub/Eatery:  Lindale Village has one pub, The Royal Oak.
Nearest Airport:  Blackpool 57 miles (about 1 hour's drive); Manchester 85 miles (about 1.5 hour's drive).
Nearest Train Station:  Grange-Over-Sands.
Nearest Bus:  Lindale Village.

Only 12 miles from Junction 36 on the M6 and approximately 80 miles from both Manchester and Liverpool, Castle Head has excellent road links.