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Notice: Our car park here at Wray Castle gets very busy at peak times, as our visitors spend a day with us. We don’t want you to be disappointed, so we’d like to suggest that, if you can, you leave the car behind and use bus, boat, or bike to visit us for the day. 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.
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.
It's like a maze in disguise as a castle! One of the best days out of my life.