Opening times for 30 November 2023
Asset Opening time Castle Closed Grounds 08:00 - 20:00 Kitchen Court Café 10:00 - 16:00MTWTFSS3031123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930123
Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds. Assistance dogs only in the castle.
Level access to the castle. Blue Badge parking in the top car park. Easy access toilet near café. Braille & large print guides are available from house entrance. Please ask if you or one of your party would like to use this. Ear defenders are available if you'd like to use them.
Accessible route and/or map
Level access to food outlet
Narrow roads in some places. Not recommended for motorhomes. Not suitable for coaches - maximum size minibus 16 seater. From the south and Bowness (via Ferry) take the B5285 through Hawkshead where this becomes the B5286. Continue on this road for 2.5 miles, then take the right hand turn to Wray Castle. From the north and Ambleside, take the A593 to Clappersgate, then take the B5286 signed to Hawkshead. After 2.5 miles take the left turn, to Wray Castle. Plan your car-free visit with Good Journey
Parking: Pay and display (non-members) Members - please scan your card for free parking. Thank you.
Sat Nav: Post code LA22 0JA
From the south, follow the lakeshore track from Ferry Head (4 miles). From the north, off road paths exist for the majority of the route, signed Bowness via Ferry, look out for the blue signs. From Hawkshead village, follow bridleway (3 miles).
Year-round, regular buses from Ambleside and Hawkshead (10 mins), Windermere and Coniston (30 mins) stop nearby. It’s then a 20-minute, off-road stroll to the Castle. Get the 505 bus: Kendal to Coniston route. Check timetables and routes at Stagecoach Plan your car-free visit with Good Journey
Off road cycle paths from Ambleside, signed Bowness via Ferry, and south of the castle, along the west shore track between Claife Viewing Station and Wray, on the west shore of Windermere. Look out for the blue signs. National route 6 passes nearby. Bike racks at Wray castle and a fitted bike pump should you find yourself with a flat tyre. Plan your car-free visit with Good Journey
The Windermere car ferry runs a daily limited service. Please check before travelling. Once getting off the ferry, it is a 4 mile walk or cycle along the Windermere west shore path to Wray Castle or a 6 mile drive, via Hawkshead. WINDERMERE LAKE CRUISE BOAT Catch the Green Cruise from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) to Wray Castle with Windermere Lake Cruises. See their website for times and further information www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk Plan your car-free visit with Good Journey
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19th century local photography exhibition on the ground floor of the castle. Free to enter.
Shingle beach for easy access to England's largest lake.
Parkland & Walking Trails
Explore the lakeshore and parkland on three waymarked trails, starting at the front of the castle.
Joey's Café (Independently Run)
Independent café serving baked goods, savoury snacks, locally roasted coffee, teas and hot chocolate.
Discover Wray's church-like interiors and visit the photography exhibition.
Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Wray Castle this Autumn, from outdoor walks and lakeside views to a scenic boat cruise across Windermere.
Discover fascinating stories from the past and enjoy some great views on a circular walk from Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn that also takes in the Windermere shoreline.
Need some refreshment during your visit to Wray Castle? Our partners at Joey's Café offer a wide range of snacks and drinks to help you refuel before or after your adventures.
Lakeside or mountain-view pitches for tents and campervans, along with pre-pitched tents and pods, on Windermere, England’s biggest lake.
A cosy house in the old kitchen garden of Wray Castle with views of stunning scenery all around.
This comfortable lakeside retreat on the west shore of Windermere has its own jetty directly outside the cottage.
A two-bedroom lakeside retreat on the shores of Windermere with its own jetty.
180 years ago a surgeon and an heiress from Liverpool began building a castle that would only ever have to defend itself from the Cumbrian weather.
With all the furniture and artwork long gone and the last family moving out in the 1920s, the castle has had mixed uses and opened to visitors in 2011.
The castle has church-like interiors and panoramic Lake District views.
Note: The ground floor rooms are open. Due to damage caused by Storm Arwen the play trail will remain closed until further notice. The Peter Rabbit adventure rooms are permanently closed.
Discover the history of the Wray Castle estate and the fascinating link that Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the National Trust's three original founders, had with the property.
If you can see yourself working in the beautiful grounds of Wray Castle or welcoming visitors inside, we might just have a role for you. Find out more about volunteering here.