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

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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Family orientated but still interesting for adults.

If you're reading TA reviews then you've already figured out that Wray isn't a real castle, and it's very children orientated. But the point of this review is that there is still... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're reading TA reviews then you've already figured out that Wray isn't a real castle, and it's very children orientated. But the point of this review is that there is still some interest for adults that don't have children in tow. Apparently the National Trust hesitated to open up Wray to the public because it didn't have a genuine... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Myself and my son visited Wray Castle whilst camping a the nearby Low Wray campsite. There is a path linking the campsite to the castle ground. The castle was a good as ever. Plenty for all ages. Definitely worth a visit.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Glad we didn't pay to go round as we are members, it's clearly work in progress. Prepare to be disappointed if you don't have small children with you as bizarrely the interior is a cross between a dated institution and an extensive kids play area! Fortunately the location is impressive with a nice walk down to the lake.

Thank Ian H
Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The castle is perfect for families because there's plenty to amuse active children. A wealth of picnic tables and spacious grounds give plenty of scope for picnics and there's a cafe indoors. It is certainly a rewarding venue on a wet day. The location can be accessed by the Windermere ferry, which makes for an interesting sail. It is also... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This mock Gothic castle is breathtaking on the outside. The national trust app did say there were no original contents but we weren't expecting empty rooms. The place had been rented out to various people and organisations before the NT acquired it which is why the inside isn't as it originally was. There's plenty of things to occupy children here.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic views with great walks from this location. Ideal location for a picnic either with your own food or from the onsite cafe

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Took a ferry to see this castle . From where the ferry moored it's a 400 metre easy walk to the castle. Had a guided tour of the castle very interesting history it is now owned by the National Trust. Well worth seeing

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a regular visitor to the Lake District, I always visit Wray Castle. It has an interesting past. It's a gothic fairy tale of a place, one man's vision of grandeur amongst the natural wonder of the Lake District. It is relatively modern, 'castle' is more of a courtesy title, and it was ultimately destined to be a training college... More 

Thank Tracy S
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Wray Castle is a mock castle. A country house built to look like a castle. It's a fascinating building to look at but don't expect a stunning Victorian interior as it's given over entirely to a kids play area. The 3 year old we took loved it and the staff told us of kids being carried screaming out of the... More 

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Interesting property, it's history is entertaining and a wander round is entertaining, especially for kids - there's lots for them to do, plus fancy dress to do it in. No art or furniture so not for everyone but we enjoyed the castle and the stories the team shared about it. Team super enthusiastic and a credit to NT.

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