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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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  • We have been to Wray Castle a couple of times and this time enjoyed the interesting ` Women of Wray` stories that were told in each room. All the staff were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and a l...  more »
  • We visited during worlds women day period and the exhibition on display was very interesting . Husband enjoyed playing a few snooker balls on the massive snooker table . This property is one for the c...  more »
  • What a fab national trust property for children and families. So much to do inside and outside. Boys (aged 5 & 3) loved Peter rabbit adventure, table tennis, billiards, soft play etc. There was free d...  more »
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  • Four stars for the external building, WC facilities and excellent cafe. We arrived a bit late (on our personal schedule) and didn't go into 'Wray Castle'. We did use the spacious, clean and well stock facilities. We saw someone with a take-away 'Scone, Cream and Jam' and followed the lovely bakery smell! The cafe had lots of extremely tasty snack, hot food and drinks options. We left very satisfied after our vegan sourdough roll, ham and cheese roll and a shared giant chocolate scone with cream and raspberry jam - we should have taken pictures but were too busy eating with our eyes.
  • We visited this National Trust property in April 2018 for the first time in a year or so. Whilst it's still an amazing place to visit, we felt the inside of the house has lost some of it's unique charm. It used to be rough around the edges (in a good way), with complete freedom to roam most rooms. Children were actively encouraged to run and explore. However it now seems to be becoming more controlled in the access and many rooms have lost their interactive kids play areas and are instead given over to art installations. I hope it doesn't continue down this route and become just another 'velvet rope' property. That said, the grounds are fantastic with unparalleled access to the lake. The outside play area for kids is also great.
  • Great visit especially if you have a young kids. Ours 2 and 4. Loads to do inside so great for a rainy day and in the Lakes that's a distinct possibility. They had multiple rooms with different activities for kids from colouring to a room full of soft building blocks to Peter rabbit activity. Great play area outside too and from an adult perspective very impressive property. Make sure you have 5 quid in coins for the parking meter unless your a national trust member in which case its free
  • Lovely place for walking and exploring. But not much in the old castle. Looks amazing from outside but not got the atmosphere of other national trusts. Lots of kids playrooms and a kids adventure walk through the grounds though so looks good for kids. The walk along the lakeside is lovely and u would highly recommend it.
  • Wray Castle is kitted out to let the kids have fun. Lots of little rooms with different things in. Our little one loved the peter rabbit garden room. The grounds are large enough to go walking around and not get lost, and the cafe on site is well stocked. We came to Wray on one of the boat services from Ambleside which was really nice. You can get to it by car but parking is limited. I'd suggest you get the boat over.
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