Things to see and do outside at Wray
The parkland at Wray has miles of paths, lakeshore and parkland to stroll through and enjoy. Discover the history of this fascinating estate.
Explore the estate
Wray is one of the most spectacular and ambitious villa estates in the Lake District. Created between 1840-1860 by a wealthy couple as a city retreat, it's a great place to enjoy the beautiful views, head out for a walk, or enjoy a picnic by the lake. Pick up a leaflet (*at the cafe in the Winter months) and start your self-guided trail around the estate and learn more about its history.
Discover the new trails
There are three short waymarked routes around the estate. Explore the collection of exotic fir trees in the arboretum, enjoy the winter scenes in Wattbarrow Wood or enjoy a stroll through the open parkland towards St Margaret’s Church. Originally part of the Wray estate, it is now owned by the Church of England and the interior is not open for visitors.
On the shores of Windermere
One of the prized features of the estate is the stretch of shingle beach and lakeshore access to Windermere. While away an afternoon by the lake or wander the paths and take in the views. The Windermere Lake cruises green cruise* from Ambleside sails into Wray’s own jetty (*seasonal). We think it’s the best way to arrive. The boathouse and miniature harbour were part of the original estate and are bold in Gothic style like the castle.
Head further afield
Wray is a great starting point for exploring more of the Lake District. Head along Windermere west shore, down to Claife Viewing Station and watch as the views open up along the lakeshore. This is a great path for cycling for all the family with a cafe at Claife perfect for refuelling.
Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Wray parkland and castle, from outdoor walks and lakeside views to a scenic boat cruise across Windermere * *seasonal.
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.
Need some refreshment during your visit to Wray? Our partners at JOEY's Café offer a wide range of snacks and drinks to help you refuel before or after your adventures.
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.