Wray Castle

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

Wray Castle

What's on

The Potter family at Wray Castle

Last chance to see The Women of Wray Castle exhibition 

Linking with the Trust's national theme of Women and Power for 2018, step into our first ever art exhibition and uncover more about the castle's mysterious history and the influential women who lived and stayed there.

People use torches to look around corridors of Wray Castle, Cumbria

Follow us behind the scenes 

Learn more about our behind the scenes 'Hard Hat' tours running at the castle this November.

Upcoming events

Forests of Folklore

Tue 23 Oct 2018
10:00-16:30
Some of Beatrix Potter's darker characters in her little white books, were inspired by German folk stories which she read as a child. This half term, play hide and seek with Wray Castle's own set of traditional folk characters in the castle's...

The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control

Tue 23 Oct 2018
10:00-17:00
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.

Landmark in the Landscape

Tue 23 Oct 2018
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

Tue 23 Oct 2018
11:00-11:15
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, the upwardly mobile middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

The Women of Wray Castle exhibition talk

Tue 23 Oct 2018
12:00-12:15
Accompanying the 2018 exhibition, 'The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control'.

Hansel and Gretel, a shadow play and puppetry display

Wed 31 Oct 2018
10:30-11:00
Enter our Forests of Folklore for a special event on Halloween: a dramatic display of shadow storytelling with a spooky twist. Created by The Clockwork Moth.
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Things to see and do

Peter Rabbit Adventure room

Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms

Hours of family fun are waiting in the Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms at Wray Castle.

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

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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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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.