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Notice: At the moment our car park is getting full by 11am and we have been forced to turn people away. We don’t want you to be disappointed, so we’d like to suggest that, if you can, please leave the car behind and use bus, boat, or bike to visit us. You can catch a bus from Hawkshead or Ambleside, take a boat trip from the Waterhead pier at Ambleside or bring your bike over on the Bike Boat from Brockhole.

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.

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 over the next few months to keep the kids busy. 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

Meet Captain Nature

Instead of us telling you about the joys of cycling to Wray Castle on the Windermere West Shore Cycle Trail, listen to what Captain Nature has to say: he really knows what he’s talking about! 

Take a castle tour

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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