Visiting Wray Castle: What you need to know

View of Wray Castle with snow capped hills, Ambleside, Cumbria

We’ve made a few changes on site to what you might be used to. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. You don't need to book in advance to visit Wray Castle.

Wray Castle ground floor will open in line with government guidelines on Monday 17 May.


The car park, parkland, woods, outdoor play area and lakeshore are all open. You don’t need to book in advance but parking space is limited.

Look out for a member of the team who can help direct you around the site and help with any queries. 

Please note the Windermere Lake Cruise boat service to Wray Castle from Waterhead/Bowness is not currently running. 


We have parking for 71 cars on site. There's no need to book ahead of your visit but the spaces do fill up quickly at peak times.  

Please find a parking space and either purchase a ticket or scan your membership card on arrival. Your parking ticket will give full access to the grounds, which includes the woodland, gardens and lakeside.

There are three designated disabled parking spaces to the front of the castle. 

What's open

The car park, woodland, gardens and outdoor play area are all open. Access to the lakeshore and footpaths to the west shore of Windermere are fully available. 

We currently have the outdoor toilet block open for visitors, close to the café. The accessible toilet is located in this block. 

Joey's Cafe at Wray Castle is currently open Wednesday - Sunday (and May Bank Holiday Monday), 10am-4pm, serving takeaway hot and cold drinks and cakes. It's running from a Pop-Up Cabin for now, outside the Castle building.

Keep an eye on the website and social media for more updates.