Visiting Wray Castle: What you need to know

Two people cycle in front of Wray Castle, 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.

What's Open

The grounds 

The grounds are open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk including the shingle beach, woodland walks and west lawn. The grounds are free to enter. Due to damage from Storm Arwen the outside play trail remains closed until further notice.

Car Park

The car park is open daily from dawn to dusk and is pay-and-display. The car park payment machines only take coins or there's a ‘paybyphone’ app available to use.

Download the app here

If you’re a National Trust member, parking is free but please remember to scan your card at the machine and display your ticket on the dashboard. Every time you scan your card in our car park.

Inside the Castle

The downstairs of Wray Castle will open Wednesday-Sunday for visitors to view the architecture of the castle, see our conservation in action and enjoy our new display Brought to Light: the photographs of Rupert Potter. Admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.

The upstairs rooms of Wray Castle, including the Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms, will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. 

Toilets

Toilets are located in the castle and in the outdoor toilet block, close to the café. The accessible toilet is located in this block. 

Eating at Wray

Joey's Plant Based Bakery and Cafe at Wray Castle is currently open every day, 10am-4pm, serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and savoury snacks.  

Picnics are very welcome at Wray and there are lots of picnic benches and space to eat blankets.

Dogs at Wray

Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds. Assistant dogs only in the castle

Getting to Wray

We have parking for 71 cars on site. There are three designated disabled parking spaces to the front of the castle. 

During peak times our car park can get very busy. We recommend arriving before 11am or after 2pm. One of the best ways to arrive at Wray is by the Windermere Lake Cruise boat service from Ambleside.

Travel to Wray by boat, bike or boot.