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Notice: Our car park has been full by 11am everyday during the Easter Holidays. To avoid disapointment please do not try to drive to Wray Castle. Please park in Hawkshead and use the Mountain Goat Shuttle Bus which stops at the castle or park in Ambleside where there are regular boats departing from Waterhead direct to Wray Castle.

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.

The Castle and grounds are now open for 2014.

Go green

Arrive at Wray Castle by boat or bus and receive special ‘green’ discounts, when you present a valid ticket. Download this voucher and present it at the relevant till points in the castle when paying.

Holiday highlights

We've got loads going on to keep the kids busy over Easter. They can tick off more 50 things activities, with help from a friendly ranger, or have a go at archery in the walled garden.

It's like a maze in disguise as a castle! One of the best days out of my life.

One of our smallest visitors

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Don't forget to look up!

Wray Castle is not a 'typical' National Trust house full of paintings and antiques. The best way to learn about its varied history is to join one of our guided tours; these are free and run throughout the day, seven days a week.

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