Wray Castle

Important notice -

Please be aware that blue green algae is present on the shoreline of the Wray Estate, at Wray Bay. Stay safe and avoid swimming or letting your dog into the water.

Gothic Revival castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds

Arrive in style

Wray Castle

What's on

A sailing boat on Windermere

Hoist the sails! Beginners' sailing sessions at the castle

Try your hand at something new with our taster sailing sessions on Lake Windermere.

The Potter family at Wray Castle

New art exhibition showcases the women behind Wray Castle 

Linking with the Trust's national theme of Women and Power for 2018, step into our first ever art exhibition and uncover more about the castle's mysterious history and the influential women who lived and stayed there.

Children running in the Wray Castle grounds, Cumbria

Family summer fun at Wray Castle 

We've got plenty to do with the kids this summer indoors and outside.

Upcoming events

The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control

Tue 14 Aug 2018
This year sees us reflecting on the lives of two prominent women from Wray Castle's story. The exhibition encompasses artistic installations, research material and poses questions for reflection.

Hoist the sails! (Boat one: families)

Tue 14 Aug 2018
A chance to take to Windermere on a sailing boat, learn a skill and compete in a team race. Who will win the Dawson's silver cup?

Hoist the sails! (Boat two: children aged 7 - 16)

Tue 14 Aug 2018
A chance to take to Windermere on a sailing boat, learn a skill and compete in a team race. Who will win the Dawson's silver cup?

Upping Sticks at Sixty

Tue 14 Aug 2018
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, the upwardly mobile middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

Landmark in the Landscape

Tue 14 Aug 2018
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

The Women of Wray Castle exhibition talk

Tue 14 Aug 2018
Accompanying the 2018 exhibition, 'The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control'.
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Our work

Rangers learning the craft of hedgelaying

The art of hedgelaying 

Have you ever wondered why there are so many hedges in the countryside, or why they're there? Ranger Clair Payne talks about work happening around Hawkshead and Low Wray to restore these important features of the Cumbrian landscape.

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A view of the ceiling in Wray Castle's shop

Take home a keepsake 

Pick up a reminder of your visit to Wray Castle from our on-site shop - budding archers could even leave with their first bow under their belts.

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Tim Parker, Chairman of the National Trust, opening the new cafe at Wray Castle

Eating at Wray Castle

We've brought the castle's original kitchen back to life with our brand new Kitchen Court Café. Indulge yourself with a sweet treat or savoury delight during your visit.

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Places to stay

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Get involved

Volunteer helps children with craft activity

Become a volunteer

Volunteer with us at Wray Castle; work in an amazing place, meet new people and know that you're helping a great cause - three fabulous reasons to start volunteering.

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Tour leader Ross points out some unusual tree species in the grounds of Wray Castle

Visiting Wray Castle as a group 

We welcome groups at Wray Castle but ask that you please book ahead. Here's all the information you need to visit this unusual National Trust property.