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Wray Castle, Ambleside

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Visit Wray Castle, a mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere. Join a free tour to learn about the history of the 1840s castle, now mostly devoid of the paintings, antiques, and furniture typical of other castles. Let your kids have fun in the dress-up and castle-building areas. In the gardens and grounds, hop on a rope swing or walk along one of the trails. Take in the views of Lake Windermere and the nearby fells. Tree-lovers can enjoy the selection of Wellingtonia, redwood, Ginkgo Biloba, weeping lime, and beech trees. To visit Wray Castle and other attractions in Ambleside, use our Ambleside sightseeing planning site.
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  • Caught the boat across from Ambleside a short 15 minute trip. There is a short walk from the dock uphill to the castle. Absolutely stunning location with views across the lake to Fairfield and the... 
    Caught the boat across from Ambleside a short 15 minute trip. There is a short walk from the dock uphill to the castle. Absolutely stunning location with views across the lake to Fairfield and the...  more »
  • Lovely family walk May day. Castle it impressive to view. A walk of the western shore and woodland of Windemere was relaxing and we families were having picnics on the shore line. 
    Lovely family walk May day. Castle it impressive to view. A walk of the western shore and woodland of Windemere was relaxing and we families were having picnics on the shore line.  more »
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  • Brilliant little detour for our family. Castle is in really good condition but don’t expect suits of armour. It’s a lovely example of a Victorian industrial magnate’s residence. We enjoyed the stories of how it was used as a naval college such as the secret escape to the pub! Kids loved the woodland play area and the lakeside walk before we had delicious cake and coffee at the cafe. Ended up having to extend the parking we stayed longer than expected! Thank you.
  • We spent almost four hours at Wray Castle. We arrived just after 9.00 and there were only two other cars in the car park, by 10.30 the car park was full and people were struggling to park. This was over May Half Term and a beautiful sunny day so may have been a busy week. Our 4 and 8 year old enjoyed the play park which was lovely and shady. We enjoyed a walk down to the lake house and then onto the viewing point and back around to the castle. We purchased a coffee from the cafe which was very nice. The Castle opened at 10.30, you can only view downstairs and its empty so we were finished within 10 minutes. We then went down to the shingle beach and the boys enjoyed a paddle before a picnic lunch. A very enjoyable morning, just get there early enough to ensure you get parked.

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