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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 (a history that shows in its fixtures and fittings right up to the 1990s, including numbers on room doors and institutional paint-schemes). 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.
After Sunday 3 November and up to 22 December, the castle will be open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when we'll have events and activities going on. Final day of opening is Sunday 22 December and we re-open on Saturday 22 March. The grounds are open every day of the year.