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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Grand Castle!

Such a stunning place from the outside! The inside was a little disappointing and we found it a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Emma b
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Lovely views but disappointed castle

Maybe i was just taken back with the views and walk to the castle but i didn't really feel the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Leeds, 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
+44 15394 33250
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a stunning place from the outside! The inside was a little disappointing and we found it a little pricey to visit with not much to look at! However, visiting here has made us seriously consider joining The National Trust! It also has some great...More

Thank Emma b
Reviewed 4 days ago

Maybe i was just taken back with the views and walk to the castle but i didn't really feel the castle. I'm sure this place is good for some, just not me. felt very small, not much to see or do. That aside, the place...More

Thank chrismartins290
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Wray Castle on our travels to up north but were rather disappointed. The views were lovely but inside the castle wasn't great for us. There was a lot of rooms with child ren friendly activities such a foam building blocks, dressing up and...More

Thank Beth H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This had a very different feel to it than most NT properties! I imagine it would be great for families as the rooms have been done out as play rooms and there were lots of children having lots of fun. The events programme was different...More

Thank Julie8983
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wray Castle is worth a visit if you are a National Trust member. Although it looks old it is a Folly, it is quite interesting

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’re National Trust members so admission is free which was good as I’m not sure it’s worth the entrance fee. We have 3 children, 13, 10 and 5. The older two found the castle very boring with little to do. The 5 year old enjoyed...More

Thank Meloxf97
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a pleasant, short ferry trip across the lake. Wray castle is situated a short walk from the dock. The castle itself is interesting in its history, but not very interesting inside. Plenty of activities and interest for children to encourage interest in the National...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely National Trust Property. Unfortunately it wasn't open the day we visited, but the views of the Castle and Ambleside and Lake Windermere below are magnificent. Nice walks around the castle and down to the Lake. Great play area for older children (7yrs +)

Thank Alison S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More a place to visit with young children, but nothing for teenagers.The rope tyre swings were good, but the castle itself seemed to be geared towards tots rather than all ages. I can understand this approach during term time, but they really need to give...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Wray Castle on a rainy half-term day as a family group and it seems a million other people had the same idea ! It was inevitable that it would be super busy, but it did make the visit slightly less enjoyable, as everything...More

Thank Sarjj
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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
Gemma M
22 June 2017|
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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.
20 May 2017|
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Response from Sarah_Whittaker |
Thank you everyone for your prompt replies , we will try to get to the car park early, looking forward to exploring the Lake District in a few weeks time - fingers crossed for fine weather!

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