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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the Windermere shores, with turrets, towers and informal grounds.Wray Castle came to us without its contents so you will not see a 'typical' National Trust house full of paintings, furniture and antiques with an accompanying owner-family history through the ages. What you will see is a 'tired' but fascinating building with hints of its ‘grand’ past and plenty of signs of its varied history (a history that shows in its fixtures and fittings right up to the 1990s, including numbers on room doors and institutional paint-schemes). Make sure you join one of our free tours to get its full life story.If you've children to entertain you'll be pleased to know the rooms may be empty of grand possessions but full of kids having fun in our dressing up and story-telling spaces, perfect for a wet day in the Lakes! There’s plenty to do outdoors too, like rope swing, den-building and trails, in our family-friendly gardens and grounds.
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Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited Wray Castle with family from England on 28 June 2017. Would not call this an attraction at all. Very much overpriced for what is there. Five pounds for car parking minimum for 2 hours is daylight robbery. Listened to the guide give a brief...More

Thank Leonard R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On driving through the country lanes , the castle looks breath taking . It is a beautiful building on the exterior and there is nice walks through the woods down to Windermere lake . We are national trust members , I would have been a...More

Thank steph w
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not what was expected from a tour of a castle. My 10yrs old was bored within 5minutes. Expensive waste of time. Don't bother.

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 3 days ago

My family and I are NT members and all remarked that we were glad that we were. Inside Wray Castle was a disappointment. Complete lack of history, I understand that it was sold without any contents inside but, given the history and the range of...More

Thank ennywharas
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic day out especially if you have good weather. The upstairs of the house has been turned into areas for younger children.

Thank fayeann1980
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not a great deal to see inside, and geared more for those with children, as there are some fun children's activities inside. A guided tour available at set times. Nice grounds.

Thank Technik21
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying just up the road so popped in. Had read the reviews on here before going and so were surprised by what we found on arrival. No its not a true castle but a victorian folly but non the less its still an...More

Thank walkingboots2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited here so I could go and do my local sport geocaching. Excellent surroundings wonderful place to go walking and beautiful view. Great place for day out.

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unusual building which has had many owners and uses over the years. Beautiful grounds bordering Lake Windermere with amazing views.

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating example of conspicuous consumption from the 19th century.Recommend you go on a tour with one of the National Trust guides to get the best of this interesting building.Yes,it's not Chatsworth,but a bit of self indulgence on the part of the Dawson family,but interesting none...More

Thank wenceslas51186334
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Gemma M
How much is the car park?
22 June 2017|
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Response from NTSouth L | Property representative |
Thanks for your message Gemma. National Trust members park for free (you can join at the castle on the day). Parking charges are: £5 up to 2 hours, £6.50 2-4 hours and £7.50 4+ hours.
How far is it from the National Trust car park to the Castle, as may have to pop the dogs back to motorhome (if it's not too hot) so 4 year old grandson can play inside the castle? Can't see this information on the National Trust website info about the Castle.
20 May 2017|
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Response from Sarah_Whittaker |
Thank you everyone for your prompt replies , we will try to get to the car park early, looking forward to exploring the Lake District in a few weeks time - fingers crossed for fine weather!
Is the castle wheelchair friendly?
6 April 2017|
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Response from MarkiusBradius | Reviewed this property |
No i would say not. There is a level entrance to the side of the main door but this allows access to the ground floor only.