Wray Castle and cyclists

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

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The Green Cruise to Wray Castle only operates during our peak months. It will start again on 23 March 2024.

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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 ground floor space is free to explore, plus there is a plant-based cafe & coffee shop on site.

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

Boat visitors can explore the castle and 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.

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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 our walkers ticket

Wray Castle Summer Events 2024

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.

  • ⭐Spring in to Action - Grab a Springo sheet and tick off the sights and sounds you see and hear in nature as you explore the Wray grounds.
  • ⭐ Geocaching - Treasure hunt for the digital age.

How to find Wray Castle Pier

Wray Castle, campsite and pier are all pretty easy to find, but just in case you have trouble, here are their exact locations using What Three Words & Google references:

A map of the Wray Castle site showing footpaths and what 3 words locations for Wray Castle, Wray Pier and Wray Campsite

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