A Gothic Revival castle sitting on the west shore of Windermere providing an impressive backdrop of turrets, towers, informal grounds and miles of lakeshore paths.
The Wray Estate
Set on the shores of England’s largest lake, Wray Castle estate provides miles of lake shore paths, vast lawns and woodland walks with panoramic views to enjoy. Wander the grounds and spot the changes of the seasons from snowy mountain peaks to daffodils blooming on the lawn. For those looking for a longer adventure head down the west shore path down to Claife Viewing Station, perfect for a bike ride, or up to Blenham Tarn on a circular countryside walk.
Joey’s Café is open every day of the year (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and light bites to eat in or take away. Or pack a picnic and we’ll provide some of the best views in the Lakes for your lunch spot.
Leave the car behind and set sail on the Windermere Lake Cruises boat from Ambleside and head across the Lake to Wray’s own jetty. We think it’s the best way to arrive!
Due to damage from Storm Arwen, the play trail remains closed.
Inside Wray Castle
The castle came to the National Trust without its contents, so you will not see a 'typical' historic house full of paintings, furniture and antiques. This year the ground floor will be open for you to view the interesting architectural features of the castle and will be hosting a photography exhibition featuring the work of Rupert Potter, brother of Beatrix who stayed at Wray Castle on her first trip to the Lake District. Entry to the Castle is free for everyone. No access to upper floors.
Advanced booking not needed for parking or castle entry. Car park charges apply to non-National Trust members.
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|Season (25 Mar 2024 - 29 Oct 2024)
|Monday - Wednesday
|Thursday - Friday
|Saturday - Sunday
* Car park and grounds open dawn till dusk 356 days of the year.
* For the Castle please see the National Trust website for the most recent up to date opening times as they are subject to change. Advanced booking not needed.
Castle and grounds free to enter. Car parking charges apply for non-National Trust Members.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
Easy access by Windermere Lake Cruises boat from Ambleside and Brockhole - www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk.
From Ambleside (3.5 miles) B5286 and unnamed road (signed Wray).
From Bowness vehicle ferry (6 miles) B5285 and unnamed road (right at Colthouse signed Wray).
The nearest railway station is Windermere, which is 8 miles away.
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