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Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
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+44 15394 33250

Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the Windermere shores, with turrets, towers...

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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Greatf irst visit !

Interesting property ! As National Trust members this had to be visited. Unique fairy tale castle with a lot of recent history. They are even asking the public what next for the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Garry F
Derby, United Kingdom
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We went for the first time, listened to a very informative talk about the history of the castle. Not our scene but perfect for young children, every room was like an adventure for them, very child friendly hands on play things. We did the walk to the ferry along the lakeside was lovely, even ground, nice easy walk.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting property ! As National Trust members this had to be visited. Unique fairy tale castle with a lot of recent history. They are even asking the public what next for the castle. Great views and nice walk down to the shore of Windermere.

Thank Garry F
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't go inside the house. It was too nice a day. Disabled parking was very convenient. The house looked really interesting thoughñ and there were beautiful views to eat a cream tea by. Unfortunately I have had better teas Jam and the scone were shop bouģht and of average quality. Where was my little glass jam pot to collect.......?

Thank Nortonside
Ayr, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely place to visit, very nice tea room, & reasonable prices.The scenery is beautiful , plenty on paths to walk on.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're reading TA reviews then you've already figured out that Wray isn't a real castle, and it's very children orientated. But the point of this review is that there is still some interest for adults that don't have children in tow. Apparently the National Trust hesitated to open up Wray to the public because it didn't have a genuine... More 

Thank Douglas A
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Myself and my son visited Wray Castle whilst camping a the nearby Low Wray campsite. There is a path linking the campsite to the castle ground. The castle was a good as ever. Plenty for all ages. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Joanne M
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Glad we didn't pay to go round as we are members, it's clearly work in progress. Prepare to be disappointed if you don't have small children with you as bizarrely the interior is a cross between a dated institution and an extensive kids play area! Fortunately the location is impressive with a nice walk down to the lake.

Thank Ian H
Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is perfect for families because there's plenty to amuse active children. A wealth of picnic tables and spacious grounds give plenty of scope for picnics and there's a cafe indoors. It is certainly a rewarding venue on a wet day. The location can be accessed by the Windermere ferry, which makes for an interesting sail. It is also... More 

Thank maggiebd
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This mock Gothic castle is breathtaking on the outside. The national trust app did say there were no original contents but we weren't expecting empty rooms. The place had been rented out to various people and organisations before the NT acquired it which is why the inside isn't as it originally was. There's plenty of things to occupy children here.... More 

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Fantastic views with great walks from this location. Ideal location for a picnic either with your own food or from the onsite cafe

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