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Family-friendly things to do at Wray

A family walking through the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria, in autumn
A family walking through the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria, in autumn | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

There are plenty of options for families to create fun memories at Wray. Find out what's on offer and all the details you need to plan your visit.

Please note

The play trail was damaged in Storm Arwen and remains closed. The Peter Rabbit adventure rooms are permanently closed.

Family-friendly things to do in the grounds

The woodlands are perfect for exploring at this time of year. We have way-marked trails to follow through the estate which are just right for family strolls.

Spring Adventures in Nature

Grab a Springo sheet and tick off the sights and sounds you see and hear in nature as you explore the Wray grounds. Let the birds, animals and natural elements be your guide as you discover the Wray estate. If you don't tick off everything on your visit, take the sheet home with you to continue the fun. Suitable for all the family. Carriers better than pushchairs for non-walkers.


Join the world’s largest Treasure hunt Geocaching at Wray! There are eight medium-sized caches (a small waterproof treasure box) in the grounds to find. Inside the box, you can leave a message in the logbook and there are trinkets you can swap with. Download the app (available from which will show you the geocaches hidden nearby.

Visitors arriving by boat to Wray Castle in Ambleside, Cumbria, beside Lake Windermere
Visitors enjoying a boat ride across Lake Windermere | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Don't miss the boat

Leave the car at home and catch Windermere Lake Cruises' Green Cruise from Ambleside for a sail across Lake Windermere taking in the magnificent views.

The gothic boathouse and hidden jetty make the perfect arrival point at Wray Castle. Then it's just a short walk up to the castle.

Boats run throughout the day from Waterhead Pier in Ambleside.

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‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

There are a variety of items you can tick off your '50 things' list at Wray Castle this summer. Try a few of our suggestions to ge you started:

Visitors walking in the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria

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Discover Wray's church-like interiors and visit the photography exhibition.

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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.

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Winter is the perfect time for many of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. Wrap up warm and go welly wandering, fossil hunting or stargazing.

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Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.

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Plan your next family day out in the Lake District – seek out natural play areas, scramble over rocks and spot wildlife on your way.

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Family-friendly places to visit 

There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.