Inside Wray Castle

Children playing in the Peter Rabbit Adventure at Wray Castle, Cumbria

Wray Castle is unlike any other National Trust property - the experience you have here will be different so try to leave any assumptions at the portcullis!

What you’ll find at Wray Castle

  • Enjoy a guided tour through the history of a building
  • See what can happen to a 'grand' building like this when no family can afford to live in it and it passes through a series of different institutional roles
  • Understand more of the conservation challenge the Trust faces in all its historical buildings
  • Experience a National Trust place where you are encouraged to poke and prod around
  • Appreciate the sight and sounds of rooms brought to life by children playing

We'd love to hear your suggestions along the way of what you think we could do here in the future. 

What you won't find at Wray Castle

(but Hill Top, Sizergh and Townend nearby all have them instead).

  • Beautifully furnished rooms
  • The chance to immerse yourself in an owner-family’s history through several generations
  • A Trust house that is restored and complete
  • Peaceful corridors and rooms full of antique treasures and family paintings

Intrigued?! Do come and disover it for yourself. 

" It's like a maze disguised as a castle - one of the best "days out" in my life!"
- One of our young castle visitors

Warning: Kids at play!

With all our empty rooms and not much furniture, we've created lots of space for kids (and adults!) to play. There's castle building, crafts and dressing up as knights and princesses, just watch out for those swords.

A working portcullis 

We've had the wooden portcullis at the front door restored to working order and twice a day at opening and closing times you can see it in operation; definitely one of the castle's quirky features.