Wray Castle

Important notice -

Sunday 18th March: the roads around the area are not too bad but do take care when travelling as there is some snow and ice. Wray Castle is open today as are most of our nearby places. Please note we only have basic, temporary catering at present.

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

Two people cycle in front of Wray Castle, Cumbria

Travelling to Wray Castle  

There are lots of ways to travel to Wray Castle, including boat and bike. Our car park can fill up quickly during busy periods so please consider green methods of transport, which can be an exciting part of your day out.

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What's on

Upcoming events

The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control

Mon 19 Mar 2018
This year sees us reflecting on the lives of two prominent women from Wray Castle's story. The exhibition encompasses artistic installations, research material and poses questions for reflection.

Upping Sticks at Sixty

Mon 19 Mar 2018
A 10 minute talk introducing James and Margaret Dawson, who built Wray Castle.

Reading Wray Castle

Mon 19 Mar 2018
This 10 minute talk will equip visitors with the skills to understand the architecture of Wray Castle - inside and out.

The Women of Wray Castle exhibition talk

Mon 19 Mar 2018
Accompanying the 2018 exhibition, 'The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control'.

Landmark in the Landscape

Mon 19 Mar 2018
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

Landmark in the Landscape

Sat 24 Mar 2018
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.
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Our work


An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.

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Young girl in National Trust gift 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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Places to stay

The lakeshore at Low Wray Campsite

Places to stay on Windermere's west shore 

Enjoy lakeside living on the quieter west shore of Lake Windermere.

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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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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.