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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.
Please note the castle is now closed. Our grounds are always open so come and enjoy those great winter views. We will re-open on Saturday 22 March.
Enjoy our grounds
Our grounds are open everyday of the year. Perfect for wintry walks - countryside or lakeshore, with spectacular views. Wrap up warm and get out and about this winter.
It's like a maze in disguise as a castle! One of the best days out of my life.