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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. With our online itinerary creator, Ambleside attractions like Wray Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Fascinating example of conspicuous consumption from the 19th century.Recommend you go on a tour with one of the National Trust guides to get the best of this interesting building.Yes,it's not Chatswor...  more »
  • Lovely looking building on the outside but absolutely nothing to see inside apart from a snooker table and kids toys. If we wasn't already members of the National Trust then it would have been a waste...  more »
  • National trust, so you know the staff on hand will be helpful and incredibly well informed. I enjoyed having a look round but I felt the £9 entrance fee was a bit steep. Saying that if you have kids b...  more »
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  • Very atypical NT property: Victorian vanity project turned Navy training college turned NT curiosity. Currently presented as a giant children's playground so great day out for them, but there's an interesting backstory for adults concerning how the house came to be in its current state and the conservation choices that presents. Very informal. Recommend for family day trip.
  • Great day out if you go with younger children because every room just has something to play with. There's also a great outdoor play area. There's no furniture in there so it's not like your usual national trust property - so probably only worth a visit with kids. Our 6 year old loved it so I hope they leave it like it presently is.
  • Beautifully located just off the main roads driving up to the castle was breath taking however we noticed lots of kids in every direction when we parked. We took a walk on the grounds and decided to go into the castle for £9 per person. There isn't much to see or do for adults but would be ideal for families with kids.
  • Not a great deal to see due to the "castle" being relatively empty. The architecture however is interesting and I think once the national trust had uncovered the back history for wray castle it will become more interesting.
  • Looked ok, but wasn't open due to a tree having fallen on the pathway leading up to it. Not sure why that should have closed the castle off though, because we walked to it via an adjacent path and got to it fine. And they had managed to open the cafe, which is part of the castle anyway!

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