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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.

We're on the C-Art Trail

The National Trust is working with Eden Arts to bring some of this years C-Art artists into extraordinary places, and Wray Castle is one of them.

Cumbrian artist Christine Hurford is displaying her exhibition ‘Swelling the Line: Algal forms’, after working with the nearby Freshwater Biological Association. This work explores microscope pictures of algal forms, found in the lake, transferred into plaster engraved plates.

The exhibition will run until 16 October and Christine will be here on Sunday 13 September and then every Friday, from 11 - 3 to chat to visitors about her work.

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