Wray Castle

Important notice -

There will be no level access to Wray Castle from 13 October for two weeks.

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

Wray Castle

Things to see and do

People with bikes outside Wray Castle, Cumbria

Things to do this autumn at Wray Castle  

Explore the grounds at Wray Castle as the landscape changes to a vivid display of rich autumn colours.


Car parks for Windermere west shore 

Best explored on foot or by bike, Windermere west shore is the place to go for lakeside strolls, great views and picnics by the water. Here’s a handy guide to our car parks along Windermere west shore to help you plan your day.

Windermere Cruise Boat, Tern, on Windermere, Cumbria

Catch the boat to Wray Castle  

Start you day at Wray Castle in the best way, and arrive by boat to our personal jetty. The 2021 boat service runs until 31 October.

Autumn walks around Wray Castle

Two women walk their dog in early autumn at Tarn Hows

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We're expecting the Lakes to be very busy this summer, so we've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.

Lake view

Swimming in the Lake District  

Swimming in lakes, rivers and tarns is a popular activity in the Lake District, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved before entering the water. Lakes and tarns can be deep and the water will still be cold, even on warm days. Before you set off, read the Lake District National Park's guide to swimming to make sure you have the right skills and equipment to stay safe in the water.

Wray Castle


View of chocolate flavoured baked items in the cafe at Wray Castle

Eating at Wray Castle 

Indulge yourself with a sweet treat and coffee to takeaway from the Pop-up Coffee Cabin at Wray Castle.

Wray Castle

Places to stay

Wray Castle


Hardwicke Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust

Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley at Wray Castle 

Did you know that one of the founders of the National Trust had a close connection to Wray Castle?