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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The regular Wray Castle boat service (Green Cruise) starts again on 6 April 2019.

The information below is for reference only.

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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

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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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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Sky of birds and paper meadow

Date: 2nd March 2019 to 24th March 2019
Categories: Nature, Families, Spring

In the former Drawing Room, we're celebrating the arrival of spring by creating a sky of birds and a paper meadow. You can join in by making a bird or a flower, which will then be added to the overall display at the end of the day. As the days go by, and more and more birds and flowers are created, the bigger and more celebratory display it will be.

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Birds of Wray Castle quest

Date: 30th March 2019 to 28th April 2019
Categories: Families, Spring, Easter

On your quest, you'll need to imagine yourself in the feathers of one of the resident birds, and explore what life’s like for each of them around the grounds.

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Mother's day spring workshop

Date: 31st March 2019
Categories: Mother's Day, Workshop, Families, Spring

Drop in between 10am and 4pm, and make a springtime themed fascinator or mask for the special female figure in your life.

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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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Cadbury Easter egg hunt: That's not my nest!

Date: 19th April 2019 to 22nd April 2019
Categories: Activity, Easter egg hunt, Nature, Families, Good Friday, Spring, Easter

As part of the Birds of Wray Castle Quest taking place over the Easter holidays, you’ll need to try and find the right nest for your chosen bird. On completing the hunt, you'll be rewarded with a Cadbury chocolate prize (while stocks last).

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Wild about Wray challenge

Date: 25th May 2019 to 2nd June 2019
Categories: Trail or hunt, Families, Half term, Spring

Does your family have what it takes to complete all the activities, from musical trees to the bog of doom?

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