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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
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Wray Castle was an NT site we'd not visited, so to make the most of our membership and rather than drive around to the west side of Windermere, we parked at Brockhole Landing on the lakeside of the A591, about a mile north of Troutbeck,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You should not visit this castle unless you are happy to pay £10 to see empty rooms that looks nothing like a castle, but the inside of a normal person's house. The walk and the cruise to the castle was good. Nothing else.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I definitely recommend parking up at low Wray and enjoying the view or have a picnic/ walk and boat trip But to pay £7 or so to walk around half empty rooms is just ridiculous I understand that in order to do renovations they need...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went on the boat trip to the wray castle which was excellent boat trip with scenic views. Castle looked lovely in the distance but very disappointed when we got there to find it’s £9.80 each for very little inside just looked all wrong for...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Wray Castle today via the Windemere boat trip. Was fantastic views & surrounding scenery all around the castle with lovely walks. We paid the £10 per person fee to enter the castle, however was disappointed to what we found inside. Although the views...More

1  Thank Abi2503
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely property, though little in the way of furniture, we found it really interesting. The lady who gave the introductory talk was super enthusiastic and you could tell she had a real love for the place - and why not! A great place to...More

Thank Sally H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We arrived at the castle's lovely jetty on a walkers' ticket from Lakeland Cruises and thought we would take a look as we have Trust membership. The National Trust only opened the castle to the public in recent years and only confirmed that it will...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is worth visiting if on a bike ride and passing. There’s a little shop that sells refreshments and plenty of space to sit outside with beautiful views across the lake. I found the castle to be more impressive from the outside than the inside,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived around 10:30 am on a Friday morning. It does advise on the National Trust app that the car park is usually full by 11 am. We had no problems parking and there were more spaces available. There is a charge for parking, but with...More

1  Thank Herta F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours with small children. Themed rooms with lots to play with in each one. The outside woodland play area is brilliant. It’s not a typical National Trust house in that it’s not furnished. It’s a Victorian gothic revival which...More

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milnealison6cows2018
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Response from welovefuerteventura | Reviewed this property |
Wray castle is fantastic for kids, lovely castle and nice walk down by the lake and nice play area too 👍
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bill b
February 28, 2018|
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Amanda C
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Response from MarkandJulieDavis | Reviewed this property |
Entrance and car parking both free fort trust members. Enjoy the visit.
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