Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Wray Castle is a National Trust property in Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria. It is great for families to explore inside and out. The castle is mock-gothic and sits on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers, informal gardens and natural outdoor play. Beatrix Potter’s family actually rented Wray castle when she was 16 years old.

Things to do at Wray Castle

Due to its location on Lake Windermere, there is a boat service that stops at the castle. There are not many attractions where you can arrive by boat! Boats run throughout the day from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) and visitors receive a 10% discount on single transactions over £10 at the castle shop when they show a boat ticket, valid for that day. There are a few local walks including a circular walk. Their natural play trail is great for kids with a slackline, scramble board, a tree castle in the woods and more.

You can explore the castle with its elaborate hall, hidden doors, mock ruins and rooms with towers, turrets and arrow slots. The grounds can also be explored and they include a mulberry tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. There are several pleasant paths leading through the wooded bank to the water’s edge where you can enjoy spectacular views across Windermere.


Further Information

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outdoors.

What are the main things to do?

Mock-gothic castle with rooms you can explore, outdoor natural play, gardens and trails. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

Free for members of the National Trust. An adult standard ticket costs £5.40, children are £2.70 and children aged under 5 are free. Other pricing options including a family ticket are available.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is a small charge to park, although parking is free to members of the National Trust.

When are they open?

Wray Castle is open for most of the year. For up-to-date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome within the grounds on a lead and assistance dogs only indoors.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

Wray Castle
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