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Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
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+44 15394 33250
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Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the Windermere shores, with turrets, towers...

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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Sadly the castle was closed when we visited however there are many walks in the vicinity to enjoy. The elevated position gives you spectacular views across Lake Windermere towards... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Uckfield
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Uckfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Sadly the castle was closed when we visited however there are many walks in the vicinity to enjoy. The elevated position gives you spectacular views across Lake Windermere towards Ambleside.

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Thank Shaun G
South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited as part of the lake boat-walks and the grounds were lovely. A nice building but not much to see around the actual castle. Better to pass through rather than stay for awhile.

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Thank Veevers84
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful castle just minutes driving from lovely little villages. It was so much fun to walk around the outside and explore the grounds... even in the rain! Unfortunately, we didn't realize the castle is closed for most of March so we weren't able to go inside. Beautiful architecture.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately our fault didn't check to see if it was open. However made best use of time and explored the surrounding area around castle . Lovely to explore. Really disappointed we couldn't explore the castle however will be coming back looks really interesting!

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Thank Nadia B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wray Castle is located on the shores of Lake Windermere with great views from both the grounds and the house. It's a good place to visit if you have children as there are plenty activities to keep all ages occupied.

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Thank Malkybarkid
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped off at Wray Castle and even though it was closed for the winter it was worth walking around the grounds as there is a child play area and the castle is great to see from the outside. Worth a visit

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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family with 2 girls aged 4 and 10 months. We've been here countless times over the last few years. Whilst those looking for a historical experience may be disappointed, those with children will surely love it. It's good in all weather, as there is lots to do indoors and in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Windermere. It's... More 

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Thank Ajo D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two adults and my 10 year old son visited the castle. We had booked for my son to make bird boxes with the National Trust. The chaps that were overseeing things were really kind, patient and informative. My son enjoyed it & I loved to see him learning practical skills & about birds. The staff in the castle were the... More 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time here at the book festival speaking with Axel Scheffler of Gruffalo fame and Andy Seed of silly joke fame entertaining us. Great play area for kids and nice walks around the castle and lake. Absolutely beautiful views from the castle which occupies a commanding position. It isn't the most interesting inside, or an amazing building... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As NT members we've visited a lot of properties around the UK. This one started badly and ended worse. We were in a motorhome and the roads to access here are not large vehicle friendly. it was a hot summers day and it was busy with tourists, by the time we made it to Wray Castle there was no parking!... More 

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