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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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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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“dressing up” (48 reviews)
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Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Reviewed yesterday

A 'tired' National Trust attraction essentially set up as a Kids castle play zone. It has many different rooms set up for fun activities such as: a soft play castle building room, a table tennis room, a knight and princess dressing up room, a mini...More

Thank PaulHorkan
Reviewed yesterday

We caught a ferry from Ambleside as we also intended going to Brockhole before going back to Ambleside. The ferry fare was £8.25 this also included admission to Brockhole. After leaving the ferry it's a short walk uphill to the castle. The castle has only...More

Thank maggieann988
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was tempted to give this a 1 star. But I think that's just my annoyance at feeling like I've been scammed. On a good day the scenery around the castle is quite nice. And the castle itself,at least from outside, is interesting. This is...More

1  Thank GenericBarnard
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place should not be open to the public yet, it is just a money making scheme to fund renovation. There are random tents in rooms, kids activities and table tennis, this place is just confusing! The car park is so expensive and the 'house'...More

1  Thank saw88
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the castle as we are National Trust members and wanted something different to do for the day. My husband wanted to try the archery that they advertised in the NT handbook. The castle was quite a spectacle. We had lunch on the benches...More

Thank Krosssandi
Reviewed 5 days ago

only 3 rooms looked like a castle should all other room for kids to play dress up smelt dam p and was dirty paid 10pound each and 5pound to park

Thank simonf4
Reviewed 5 days ago

what a place 10pound to get in each and 5 pounds to park not a castle in side lovely out side walks but in side only 3 rooms like a castle the rest old and dam p for children to dress up and play snooker...More

Thank simonf4
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic surprise the castle and grounds are very Impressive. I found the history about the family who lived there very interesting. The staff are very friendly. There are a number of rooms available for children to dress up, games to play and even...More

Thank wendyb09
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great surprise. Very castle-like on the outside and very fairytale-like on the inside with an amazing Peter Rabbit burrow to explore upstairs. We expected to just 'pop by' but enjoyed the 15 minute talk first and then stayed for over an hour...More

Thank Rosey38
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as a random thing to do while away, the building and stories about wray castle are very interesting but I found it a little bit to expensive for what was there to see, I understand it's a working progress but this was until after...More

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Gemma M
22 June 2017|
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Response from NTSouth L | 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!
6 April 2017|
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Response from MarkiusBradius | Reviewed this property |
No i would say not. There is a level entrance to the side of the main door but this allows access to the ground floor only.