Wray Castle

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

Wray Castle

What's on

Upcoming events

Landmark in the landscape

Sat 16 Feb 2019
10:30-11:15
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

Upping sticks at sixty

Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00-11:15
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, a middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

The survival of Wray Castle

Sat 16 Feb 2019
12:00-12:15
A 10-minute talk explaining the journey this extraordinary building has been on; from family home to institution to public place.

Reading Wray Castle

Mon 25 Feb 2019
11:30-11:45
This 10 minute talk will equip visitors with the skills to understand the architecture of Wray Castle - inside and out.

Sky of birds and paper meadow

Sat 02 Mar 2019
10:00-16:00
During the weekends of March, drop in and help us celebrate the arrival of spring with this creative activity.

Birds of Wray Castle quest

Sat 30 Mar 2019
10:00-17:00
On your quest, you'll need to imagine yourself in the feathers of one of the resident birds, and explore what life’s like for each of them around the grounds.
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Things to see and do

Wray Castle in the snow

What to do this winter at Wray Castle

The castle may be closed but there's still plenty to see and do amongst the castle grounds.

Arrive in style

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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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Shopping

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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Eating

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

Wray Castle

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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Groups

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.