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Wray Castle, Ambleside

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Castle · Tourist Spot
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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  • The castle was closed, but is certainly a formidable and interesting building so in that sense worth a visit, but parking was £5 for 2hrs, more than I pay for all day parking in a city centre...  more »
  • Parking is a bit of a rip off at £5 for up to 2 hours .The castle was closed however we had a lovely walk near the woodlands towards Windermere lake which we really enjoyed and got some lovely...  more »
  • Not open since Covid, but serving coffee/tea from a kiosk. Well placed alongside Lake Windermere for views.  more »
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  • Not your typical Nat Trust property in that the rooms are largely unfurnished however the castle is lovely, as are the grounds and has some fantastic views. Grounds all dog friendly. New cafe which was great too. Well worth a visit and accessible by either car or for something a bit different take a boat from Ambleside. The pier area and imposing boat shed worth a wee walk down too also. Would definitely go back if in the area again.
  • Wray Castle is a nice place to visit. The Castle itself is very impressive. Standing high and boldly holding it position on the side of Lake Windermere. The ground are quite extensive with pleasant walks down by the gravel beach or in the wooded areas around. The Castle in side has some fantastic features. But unfortunately at this point, none of the rooms have been set out as the could possible have looked in the past. Hopefully in the near future, the Castle will be set out as it may have looked many years ago. Worth a visit though.
  • Great castle but no original furniture only the original fittings but fantastic building with great architecture. Some rooms are now activity rooms for the kids to play they have soft play dress up room and full sized snooker table brilliant for a fun filled day to play in a castle. Picnic area outside and small cafe with seating.
  • Wray Castle looks very impressive from the outside but unfortunately the lack of much beyond some child play areas inside doesn't justify the entry price. Thankfully there was a talk on the history of the building starting just after we arrived so we got something out of it. The cafe sells nice food but needs a little love in terms of presentation and something to combat the many wasps hassling people inside. I'd say it was nice to have a look from the outside if you're in the area but not worth paying to go in at the current prices.
  • Had a great afternoon here with my wife and young son. It's different from most castles/stately homes, inside it's mostly been set up for child's activities. The architecture is a great example of Victorian gothic and the grounds are good to walk around with lovely views

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