Wray Castle and cyclists

Take the Green Cruise to Wray to explore the grounds and impressive neo-gothic castle

Categories: Days Out

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Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with scenic views

Situated on the quiet western shore of Windermere, this Victorian neo-gothic and scenic grounds are managed by The National Trust. Not your typical castle, the building has a gallery space, plant-based cafe & coffee shop plus information about the castle's history, architecture and conservation work.

  • Castle open Wednesday - Saturday, 10:30 - 16:00

Boat visitors can explore the lake-shore grounds for free, follow guided trails and discover hidden shingle beaches, lawns and some of the finest views over Windermere.

Visit the Wray Castle website

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Get there on the Green Cruise

(Ambleside > Wray Castle > Brockhole > Ambleside)

The easiest way to reach Wray Castle is by boat with 14 boats arriving and departing daily during peak season. Wray Castle Pier is only 15 minutes away from Ambleside (Watehead) Pier, so why not ditch the car and enjoy a cruise on Windermere?

Wray Castle Pier is a 10 minute walk up a gravel track to the castle and grounds.

Book tickets or view timetable here

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Combine your castle visit with a 4-mile walk down the quiet lake-shore to Claife Viewing Station.

Our Walkers Ticket combines three lake cruises and a walk to create a circular route of Windermere. The route passes through the grounds of both National Trust Wray Castle and Claife Viewing Station, so you can visit both on foot and on boat.

Find out more about out walkers ticket.


Wray Castle Events

The events below are provided to us by Wray Castle, and we would advise you to check with them before travelling. Click on each event link to visit the Wray Castle webpage or see them all on their website (external link).

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National Trust Events

Brought to Light: the photographs of Rupert Potter

Date: 20th April 2022 to 30th October 2022
Categories: Bushcraft, Exhibition

Keen amateur photographer, Rupert, like many of us today, spent time on his holidays taking family photographs and capturing the beautiful locations where he spent his summers, including Wray Castle and Derwent Water.To bring these nineteenth century photographs to a modern audience the original prints have been scanned and enlarged onto lightboxes hung in the dining room. Photographs of the interior of Wray capture the fine detail of wealthy life and provide the best record that we have of Wray Castle at this time. Rupert’s shots of the wider landscape show his passion for the scenery and skill as a photographer.Whilst the interiors of Wray have changed over time, many of the landscapes captured by Rupert have remained the same. Stand in the same spot as the Potter family on the lawn at Wray for your family photograph or explore the landscapes Rupert admired.Admission to Wray Castle required. Free for National Trust membersWray Castle

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