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Notice: Just to let visitors know that our electricity is being turned off on Thursday 23 April, between 9am and 2pm so we will need to close the castle during this time. The grounds will be open for your enjoyment. The electricity at Low Wray campsite will also be effected. Thanks for your understanding.
Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds
Wray Castle came to us without its contents so you will not see a 'typical' National Trust house full of paintings, furniture and antiques with an accompanying owner-family history through the ages. What you will see is a 'tired' but fascinating building with hints of its ‘grand’ past and plenty of signs of its varied history. Make sure you join one of our free tours to get its full life story.
If you've children to entertain you'll be pleased to know the rooms may be empty of grand possessions but full of kids having fun in our dressing up and castle-building spaces, perfect for a wet day in the Lakes! There’s plenty to do outdoors too, like rope swing, den-building and trails, in our family-friendly gardens and grounds.
Please note our car park is small and often full by 11am. Avoid disappointment by arriving by boat or bus. There are regular boats direct from Ambleside or a bus service running from Ferry Nab via Hill Top and Hawkshead.
We've got a spring in our step
Spring has finally arrived in the Lakes and we're so happy to be welcoming visitors to the castle. At this time of year we have a great range of family events and activities planned, both indoors and out.
Start planning your family spring adventure with us today.
Harmonica Botanica is perhaps best described as a musical plant!
This intriguing art piece links a growing plant to musical technology, allowing you to hear nature ‘grow’. It will be in the Fernery at the castle from 13 April, for around 8 weeks, so come and witness the musical magic for yourselves.
The quirky installation is part of Cumbria's latest arts event 'Lakes Ignite'. Find out more here.