Wray Castle and cyclists

Take the Green Cruise to Wray Castle and enjoy a fantastic family day out.

Categories: Days Out

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Mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds

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 is free of traditional furnishings and has fun activities such as castle-building and dressing-up spaces. With other great family attractions like rope swings, gardens and scenic views plus a fascinating free castle tour, it's definitely worth a visit.

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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


Combine your castle visit with a 4-mile walk down the quiet lakeshore 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.


Keep hold of your ticket for discounts in the shop

Green Cruise and Walker's Ticket passengers get 10% discount on purchases over £10 at the Wray Castle shop.

Simply present your ticket on the day to qualify.

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

Beatrix Potter's Vision: A celebration of the Lake District

Date: 11th September 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Categories: Autumn, Art, Exhibition

Curated by Plantlife, this photographic exhibition is inspired by Beatrix Potter. Potter was not only a best selling children's author; she was a scientist and an educator who was dedicated to safeguarding the Lake District landscape that she loved. The images on show were entered through the 'Looking Out for the Small Things' photography competition.

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The survival of Wray Castle

Date: 16th February 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Categories: Talk or lecture

Wray Castle’s life has been divided equally between family home and institution. Laboratories and training colleges occupied it until recently when the last tenants left. This is a tale of 20th century survival when so many country houses disappeared.

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Reading Wray Castle

Date: 25th February 2019 to 18th October 2019
Categories: Talk or lecture, Spring

You'll hear about how the Gothic Revival style came about, how the practicalities of an early Victorian house were fitted in and how the Dawsons' personalised their new house.

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Upping sticks at sixty

Date: 16th February 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Categories: Talk or lecture

James and Margaret Dawson were a middle-class couple, products of the Industrial Revolution in Liverpool. Upon retirement, and after inheriting a large amount of money, they built a statement home in the Lake District. In this short talk, you'll hear about the building of Wray Castle and it's estate, and about their life there.

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Landmark in the landscape

Date: 16th February 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Categories: Tour, Outdoor activities, Spring

You'll hear about how the Dawsons' expressed their ancestry and position through the highly imposing building, and what they did with the surroundings to make their home feel like it'd been there for centuries. The tour will also take in some of the current restoration projects taking place, as well as showing photographs of other estate buildings you might want to walk to after your tour.

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Wray Runners at Wray Castle

Date: 2nd April 2019 to 24th September 2019
Categories: Summer, Park runs, Outdoor activities, Spring

The sessions are led by Ursula Brendling, who is a Run Leader and British Athletics Coach. You'll get helpful tips and techniques for running off-road, and there'll be different drills every week to develop skills, confidence and fitness. These sessions take place in the grounds of Wray Castle, where the panoramic lake views provide all the motivation you need to keep going.

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'Looking out for the small things': family activities

Date: 23rd October 2019 to 25th October 2019
Categories: Families, Autumn

In partnership with Plantlife, we're offering a series of activities to inspire creativity and celebrate the natural world - particularly the small things such as mosses, lichens and ferns.

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