Buildings

Castle, Claife and the Old Courthouse

Fascinating buildings to explore

Fascinating buildings to explore

Nestled in the countryside around Hawkshead are three fascinating buildings to visit and explore: Wray Castle, Claife Viewing Station, and Hawkshead's Old Courthouse.

Unlike many National Trust properties, all these are unfurnished (in the case of Claife Station it's a romantic ruin) but each has a unique history. Without furniture or works of art to see, you can focus on the architecture and life story of each one.

See our google map of these and other National Trust buildings to visit nearby.

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Take a peek into the past

Wray Castle
Built as a family home by a retired Liverpool surgeon in the gothic revival style (which was fashionable in Victorian Britain).
Follow the link to our Wray Castle pages to learn more

Claife Viewing Station
Part of the original tourism industry in the Lake District this building, although now a ruin, hints at the attraction it once had as fashionable visitors flocked to it to see its views across the lake.

Old Courthouse, Hawkshead
Originally part of the estate of Furness Abbey this lovely old fifteenth century building was once part of Hawkshead Hall (now long gone) and stands as a reminder of the great wealth and power once enjoyed by the monasteries in England. Keys need to be picked up from the Hawkshead Shop and then an easy walk across the fields leads you to the Old Courthouse.

Claife Viewing Station

Old Courthouse

Useful links:

Get an OS map to help you plan your walking route to the Old Courthouse (external link)

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