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“Perfect for families on a wet day”
Review of Wray Castle

Wray Castle
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Weekly Walking Tour in The Lake District from Windermere
Ranked #8 of 48 things to do in Ambleside
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Owner description: 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for families on a wet day”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

A fabulous day for two families and grandparents. Lots to do and really friendly staff. Games in most of the rooms, not your average National Trust property though so check out the details before you go.

Visited August 2013
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Oldham, England, United Kingdom
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“Good for kids”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Great for young kids, boring for teenagers. Every room has an over sized board game, and boat making with wood. £17.50 spent on a family ticket, would have been far better spent on the never ending appetite of two teenagers

Visited August 2013
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“Not your typical NT venue but very enjoyable”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Visited Wray Castle with my wife and 7 year old son and had a great time. It’s different from most NT venues because the emphasis is very much on child fun while the restoration work continues rather than protected heirlooms. There is loads for children and plenty of historical info for parents. The outside of the castle is very impressive and you have free access to the vast majority of the rooms, with something to explore in every one.To make the most of this place, take the launch from waterhead/ambleside and return via Brockhole – it makes an interesting travel experience for children when they visit a castle after a boat trip. We didn’t visit the grounds and gardens but we’ll definitely return on out next visit to the lakes.

Visited August 2013
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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“A great place to visit with or without kids.”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Last year we visited the beautiful Allen Bank which the NT has left empty but full of atmosphere so we were looking forward to our visit to the house that pretends to be a castle. What a delight it was and how the imagination could indulge itself. We wandered round the rooms which were designated by theri original use. The morning room with the bay window set into one of the 'castle' turrets would have been wonderful for the lady of the house to write her letters in and direct the housekeeper.
The authenicity of the rooms has been clarified through the photographs taken by Rupert Potter and the subsequent watercolours made by his daughter, Beatrix.
We were unable to tour the grounds but there was plenty of space for picnics, croquet and fun.

Visited August 2013
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The inside of the Castle was disappointing, we paid and then were told there was no furniture/pictures etc in the rooms, rather dull and boring warren of rooms, not many old features at all.

Visited August 2013
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