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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. 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.

A new year = new places to explore

Glimpse the snow-capped peaks of the Lakes fells, from Wray Castle

Glimpse the snow-capped peaks of the Lakes fells, from Wray Castle

Beat the January blues and get outside this month. From the castle you can soak up impressive views, explore our wooded grounds, amble by the lake or if you really want to burn off the turkey, set out on a bike ride down Windermere's west shore.

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