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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Disappointing

I don’t usually leave negative reviews on places. My disappointment isn’t with the building itself... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TravelGirl994
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Very Grand With Stunning Views

From the outside this is a stunning fairy tale kind of castle. The views are amazing and there are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Thorny61
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I don’t usually leave negative reviews on places. My disappointment isn’t with the building itself, more of the lack of interior. And don’t get me wrong, I ADORE the National Park houses. I make it a point to visit one whenever I can and in...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

From the outside this is a stunning fairy tale kind of castle. The views are amazing and there are some great walks around the local area. Unfortunately it's empty inside. All the rooms are bare. The staff are great and can tell you all about...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

On a sunny day we decided to visit Wray Castle.We were, for sometime, a National Trust member but due to cost had let this lapse around a year ago.We were aware that admission was £10 per person.However upon arrival signs informed us there was a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place has nice views but it is a little bit boring inside and there isn't a lot to see. When outside the views are stunning and there is a lot to do for kids. This is a great place to have a picnic. The...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We walked along the banks of Windermere to this place as NT members and having read previous reviews went with an open mind. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful and explained that although their new exhibition wasn't fully ready they chose to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there without my kids but very soon realised i made a mistake. Its a well looked after castle by National Trust. Definitely a place to go on a rainy day with kids...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Membership card scanning machine for pay and display parking doesn't work as indicated - car park staff (very helpfully) showed me to how to do this. I was then asked to move my car to another space as it was taking up space (unmarked) that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a stunning setting near the shores of Lake Windermere, this is a work in progress. Good views of the lake and access by road all year round and ferry in the summer months. The tour is worth the effort as the history of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful setting for a special occasion or just for a cracking walk. Go by launch across the lake for a real adventure. The castle is fascinating but the grounds alone are well worth a visit, especially at bluebell time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle looks magnificent from the grounds and we were looking forward to seeing what this National Trust property had to offer inside. We were massively disappointed. There didn't seem to be any organisation about the place. Normally, there are staff on hand to assist...More

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Amanda C
25 February 2018|
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Wardyem
20 August 2017|
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Response from maizedaisy | Reviewed this property |
Grounds are free. You could get boat across from Brockhole national park visitor centre on the other side of lake. Parking free for NT members chargeable for others. There is a lovely shoreline walk to Claife Heights an old... More
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Gemma M
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Response from NTSouthLakes | 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.
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