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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Wasn't worth the money!

I know it's part of the National Trust and you get in free if you are a member, but £10 each was so... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Picturesque surroundings

Wray Castle is an interesting building in its own right. As explained on their website, there are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colette W
Newcastle upon Tyne, 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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  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
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Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know it's part of the National Trust and you get in free if you are a member, but £10 each was so over priced for what was inside regardless of the History. The grounds are amazing but the entrance fee in my option wasn't...More

Thank boltonmat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wray Castle is an interesting building in its own right. As explained on their website, there are no original interiors, but an effort has been made to put in interesting displays for children and adults. The walks around the castle are lovely, especially by the...More

Thank Colette W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with my family earlier on this year. The castle is a great places to explore and my children loved the dressing up! The surrounding a area is really pretty and the children's park is great, right next to the lake. Nice cafe too,

Thank shelleybrooks32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Building exactly as advertised - empty shell - but wonderfull for families with small children - lots for them to do indoors with interactive themd play areas

Thank 557drobinson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We caught the ferry from Bowness to Hawkshead and walked along the shore line to the Castle 4 miles away, paths are well maintained. The Castle entrance is £10 per person and is set in beautiful grounds,there is a cafe inside the castle which serve...More

Thank sara k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although an impressive building and lovely grounds, don't be fooled into visiting this place. National trust you are doing this property a great dis-service. The inside has been turned I to a play park for children. Nothing to see of it's past or history apart...More

Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately we set off on a trip here with two very excited young children (6 and 3) due to the mention of a Peter Rabbit experience (Mr McGregor's garden/Peters bedroom etc...) However once these we discovered that all it is is a few rooms upstairs...More

Thank GillGlasgow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You need the small boat on the green line from Ambleside to get here then a short walk up hill to the castle. Fascinating to see the links Beatrix Potter has all over the lakes -she gets a mention here too! Lovely views, and lots...More

1  Thank Alison23lufbra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the castle in half term. We took advantage of the guided tour. The property is not a typical NT property but the guide really enthused us all with her descriptions and historical background. Quirky but great for families. Nice outdoor play area.

1  Thank Stuart074
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This castle comes with an unexpected story and one well worth visiting to hear. I don't want to say too much about the castle as I think the fun here is in the discovery, but it's a fascinating place to visit with amazing views and...More

Thank Lordgeff
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19 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!