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Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
+44 15394 33250
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Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter
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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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“peter rabbit” (139 reviews)
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Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
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+44 15394 33250
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"national trust"
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"peter rabbit"
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"dressing up"
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"great for kids"
in 44 reviews
"table tennis"
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"merchant navy"
in 25 reviews
"nt property"
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"guided tour"
in 57 reviews
"building blocks"
in 18 reviews
"lovely grounds"
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"beatrix potter"
in 116 reviews
"small cafe"
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"adventure playground"
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"stately home"
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"lakeside walk"
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"rainy day"
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"play area"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This property is not as old as it looks however it is quite interesting to walk around. It is quite a new venture for the National Trust and while we were there had an exhibition promoting women's achievements and rights. The grounds are extensive and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wray Castle has only been open to visitors for a few years. It is developing and maturing. Each year there is a different theme but it retains activities for all the family. A great visit for families on a fine or wet day. It is...More

2  Thank Bobbledog
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is not the normal national trust property but the land is what they wanted and have a interesting history of who and what the mock castle has been used for .take time to listen to the talks they are very interesting They have only...More

Thank christine h
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Extremely scenic, stopped off here on a tour as an extra as we had time to spare so just a quick 20 minutes on the outside, got to say absolutely stuning views and scenery, can't speak for the interia but the building and views are...More

Thank RovingMe
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As others have said. Made the mistake of not looking at reviews before we went. View from outside is stunning. Just a shame the interior is bare and has nothing that would warrant the high cost. Kids did enjoy it, however paying £20 for them...More

2  Thank Superted20373
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was once a poorly constructed 19th century richboy poser's idea of a castle, then it was trashed, TRASHED by the National Trust. We paid £30 (including extortionate parking) for my partner and I to be given access to six rooms, all of which...More

1  Thank Taz O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here because I am a National Trust member. The outside of the building is fantastic. Unfortunately, it is not "done up" inside like a historic house but it never claims to be. While I expected a bit more inside, the staff/volunteers were fantastic...More

Thank CJHowell26
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wray Castle isn’t an ancient building by Trust standards, about 174 years old. I would say it is a bit of a folly being built in mock Gothic style because the couple who built it had the money. Its a sturdy building in a lovely...More

1  Thank JennyLS48
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place. On arrival walked inside you do have to pay as its national trust cost £19.99 for 2 adults ..had a look inside all rooms and a talk to staff members ..including stories of Beatrix potter and family who stayed there etc.. lots of...More

Thank Sarah J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at 10ish and left at 2ish. Some other people have also commented on the parking- it is limited, and the spaces are very tight- we were directed where to park, by two nice volunteers, we were on the top level under the castle...More

Thank wooowee
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Amanda C
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Response from MarkandJulieDavis | Reviewed this property |
Entrance and car parking both free fort trust members. Enjoy the visit.
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Wardyem
August 19, 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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