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Wray Castle, Ambleside

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Visit Wray Castle, a mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere. Join a free tour to learn about the history of the 1840s castle, now mostly devoid of the paintings, antiques, and furniture typical of other castles. Let your kids have fun in the dress-up and castle-building areas. In the gardens and grounds, hop on a rope swing or walk along one of the trails. Take in the views of Lake Windermere and the nearby fells. Tree-lovers can enjoy the selection of Wellingtonia, redwood, Ginkgo Biloba, weeping lime, and beech trees. To visit Wray Castle and other attractions in Ambleside, use our Ambleside sightseeing planning site .
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  • Just returned from a peaceful, morning walk with the dog at Wray. You have to choose the right time to go if you don't have children with you and want to get the full benefit of the scenery. I arrived...  more »
  • Avoid like the plague. A complete rip off charging adults a entry fee of £10 per person and children in addition. Nothing inside the castle for adults. Shame on you National Trust  more »
  • A really nice place for a quick break if you are in the area - just walk around the catsle, relax in the garden and take a stroll around. No need to go inside...  more »
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  • Lovely location with amazing views and great walks all around. Interesting exhibitions inside, and guided talks most days. The castle isn't actually a castle, it is a stately home, and is relatively modern on the inside, so it may not be for history lovers. But it is definitely worth a stop for the views, as well as for tea and cake!
  • We didn’t try going into the house as we had our dogs with us, but we greatly enjoyed wandering around the grounds and down to the lake. We are NT members so the cost of entry and parking didn’t factor. It’s well worth joining if you visit the lakes often as there are so many NT places about. We probably saved £30-40 in parking over a week.
  • Wray Castle is a reliable location for the children to still have some fun on those overcast or wet weather conditions in the Lakes. There is some fun dressing up, a wonderful Peter Rabbit play area and an outdoor play trail. The snooker and ping-pong tables are nice for older children but when busy access is limited and the equipment is well worn and in need of updating. All in all children from ages 3 to 10 will enjoy the day out at Wray Castle. The car parking is expensive as is typical of National Trust locations considering the entry price for the castle facilities too. The staff are helpful and polite.
  • Fantastic place to take the kids. You can park here but supposedly it very busy. Think everyone must have read the same message on the national trust website. Was here around 2 pm and there were a few spaces left. We got the boat across which was really nice. It was £22 for a family ticket, 4 of us, 2 adults & 2 kids. The castle has lots to do, finding Peter rabbit upstairs and a full size snooker table and table tennis table to play on and lots of little room with activities and places for creative play, colouring and drawing and dress up in period costume. Great day and if your a national trust member admission is free. Well worth it. Fantastic day out.
  • Good location, but as others have said, lots of empty meeting rooms, toilets were dirty, the food was over priced and sub contracted out to a local pub. No hot food. Grounds are great, and the walk along the lake is great, lots of wild animals. Great activities for the kids various rooms filled with colouring and building blocks etc, staff were knowledgable. Good place for a picnic. Wouldn't be worth paying the entrance fee alone, if I was not already a member.

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