Wray Castle, National Trust
Low Wray, Cumbria
Average visit time – 2-3+ hour
Things to do at Wray Castle review
Wray Castle is a National Trust property in Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria. It is great for families to explore inside and out. The castle is mock-gothic and sits on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers, informal gardens, natural outdoor play and a Peter Rabbit adventure. Beatrix Potter’s family actually rented Wray castle when she was 16 years old.
Due to its location on Lake Windermere, there is a boat service that stops at the castle. There are not many attractions where you can arrive by boat! Boats run throughout the day from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) and visitors receive 10% discount on single transactions over £10 at the castle shop when they show a boat ticket, valid for that day. They do also have a car park. There are a few local walks including a circular walk. Their natural play trail is great for kids with a slackline, scramble board, a tree-castle in the woods and more.
You can explore the castle with its elaborate hall, hidden doors, mock ruins and rooms with towers, turrets and arrow slots. There is a room for younger kids with foam blocks, dressing up and the Peter Rabbit Adventure.
The Peter Rabbit adventure rooms are within the castle. They feature a series of role playrooms where your kids can pretend play by enjoying tea, preparing a meal in the kitchen, helping Mr McGregor by planting some vegetables and get active in the burrow. Kids can also dress up in the treehouse.
The grounds can also be explored and they include a mulberry tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. There are several pleasant paths leading through the wooded bank to the water’s edge where you can enjoy spectacular views across Windermere.
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Important Information Wray Castle
Eating – There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Mock-gothic castle with rooms you can explore, Peter Rabbit indoor role-play adventure, outdoor natural play, gardens and trails. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust or Mid-range. An adult ticket costs £10.40, children are £5.20. Other pricing options including a family ticket are available. There is a small charge to park, although parking is free to members of the National Trust.
Opening: Wray castle is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in the grounds on a lead, assistance dogs only indoors
Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, Cumbria, England. Phone: 015394 33250
Category – Castle – Indoors Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
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