Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building at Claife in the English county of Cumbria. The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929, but the house has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis. The grounds, which include part of the shoreline of Windermere, are open all year round and are renowned for their selection of specimen trees – Wellingtonia, redwood, Ginkgo biloba, weeping lime and varieties of beech.
Between March and October, Windermere Lake Cruises operate a passenger boat service from Ambleside and the Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre to Wray Castle.
Sam Meadows | Feb 20, 2018
Beautiful location, lovely walk around the edge of the lake suitable for children and dogs. Would definitely recommend as a good morning/afternoon out. The children's park is a great addition too.
john bibby | Dec 27, 2017
Great place to go with the kids, especially if you have National Trust membership as without it can get a bit pricey. Plenty to do both inside and out and in all weathers. The view from the ground an excellent and the walks around the grounds and down to the lake are available to almost all abilities. As I live fairly local we try to go out of the school holidays as it can get very busy but this is testament to how popular it is with both locals and tourists. I would say the best way to get there in the more popular times is by ferry from Ambleside or Brockhole
Peter F | Jan 10, 2018
This is an amazing castle, great place to take the kids. Would be a really good idea to go on a nice day as you can get some amazing pictures! Hope this helps
Meredith Kemp-Ghani | Feb 14, 2018
I loved the building, a monstrously impressive folly of a gothic castle, but it was woefully lacking in the usual NT experience as it's been so many things not homely, including a naval academy, in its life they've let it become a children's imaginarium...a themed playroom with few props... And with no compensation for the poor adults who have to suffer the demands of children streaming up and down the staircases in pursuit of imagined villains. ('No Auntie Jessica! You're not doing it right! You're supposed to be a knight! Play with me!) Where's the great NT café we expect? There's a terraced part with fab views just crying out for it! An overpriced paper cup coffee kiosk will not do! Never going back unless it's furnished as a rich family's dream home with a nod to its history. Nice try but an epic fail for me! 😐
Saikat Sengupta | Feb 9, 2018
The castle although was closed, the view you get from the castle compound is great. The 3.5 miles walk from the castle to the claife viewing station was also great - all along the lake the path goes. Try to reach early so that you can start the later walk early and reach claife viewing station before sunset
will Jones | Mar 12, 2018
Great visit especially if you have a young kids. Ours 2 and 4. Loads to do inside so great for a rainy day and in the Lakes that's a distinct possibility. They had multiple rooms with different activities for kids from colouring to a room full of soft building blocks to Peter rabbit activity. Great play area outside too and from an adult perspective very impressive property. Make sure you have 5 quid in coins for the parking meter unless your a national trust member in which case its free
Richard Hobson | Mar 29, 2018
Really interesting place to visit. It's lack of period furniture you'd usually find in similar historical properties means the rooms showcase exhibitions instead. We especially enjoyed having a go on the full size billiards table in the drawing room! Also has a large section dedicated to entertaining children.
Gary England | Mar 24, 2018
Great for kids. Not as historical as you'd think mainly a exhibition rooms place and children's room place. Cafe coming very soon we where told. Stunning views and setting. Spent 3hrs here and we had to peel the kids away they loved it.
John Wilson | Mar 29, 2018
Loving the bright new cafe! Play area outside is great for kids. Love the fact that there's loads of sticks and branches around...keeps the kids busy building their own dens for ages! Staff are chilled and family friendly.
Peter Hurter | Mar 27, 2018
This is a fantastic outing for children. There are numerous activities for them, including Peter Rabbit-themed rooms to play and castle-themed dressing up. Outside is a lovely play area. The views from the castle are amazing.
Rapinder Khabda | May 1, 2018
Four stars for the external building, WC facilities and excellent cafe. We arrived a bit late (on our personal schedule) and didn't go into 'Wray Castle'. We did use the spacious, clean and well stock facilities. We saw someone with a take-away 'Scone, Cream and Jam' and followed the lovely bakery smell! The cafe had lots of extremely tasty snack, hot food and drinks options. We left very satisfied after our vegan sourdough roll, ham and cheese roll and a shared giant chocolate scone with cream and raspberry jam - we should have taken pictures but were too busy eating with our eyes.
Rob Robinson | Apr 19, 2018
We visited this National Trust property in April 2018 for the first time in a year or so. Whilst it's still an amazing place to visit, we felt the inside of the house has lost some of it's unique charm. It used to be rough around the edges (in a good way), with complete freedom to roam most rooms. Children were actively encouraged to run and explore. However it now seems to be becoming more controlled in the access and many rooms have lost their interactive kids play areas and are instead given over to art installations. I hope it doesn't continue down this route and become just another 'velvet rope' property. That said, the grounds are fantastic with unparalleled access to the lake. The outside play area for kids is also great.
Amy Wood | Apr 9, 2018
Lovely place for walking and exploring. But not much in the old castle. Looks amazing from outside but not got the atmosphere of other national trusts. Lots of kids playrooms and a kids adventure walk through the grounds though so looks good for kids. The walk along the lakeside is lovely and u would highly recommend it.
Neil Correia | Apr 8, 2018
Wray Castle is kitted out to let the kids have fun. Lots of little rooms with different things in. Our little one loved the peter rabbit garden room. The grounds are large enough to go walking around and not get lost, and the cafe on site is well stocked. We came to Wray on one of the boat services from Ambleside which was really nice. You can get to it by car but parking is limited. I'd suggest you get the boat over.
Rafal Nizynski | Jun 7, 2018
Excellent place for young kids. Lots of fun activities in different rooms. Probably not so great for adults only but if you have young kids definitely it is worth visiting. They will have hours of play. The views around are great and the food and coffee in the restaurant are fabulous.
Lynne Beet | May 29, 2018
Interesting house built in the Gothic Revival style. The Trust are getting to grips with bringing it back to life. Beatrix Potter's family hired this as a holiday let which started her love of the Lake District. Just wish we had had the grandchildren with us as they would have loved the rooms set aside for children to play in.
Kim Richards | Jun 11, 2018
Lovely place. Aso much to do. Young children are really well catered for with so many activities and rooms to explore. The grounds and views are beautiful too. You could easily spend a whole day here. The only criticism is that more signs around grounds and a more accurate map would be good. We spent ages looking for the kids activity trail but gave up in the end.
Mark Wood | Jun 11, 2018
We are regular visitors to Wray Castle. It's a special place which is aimed at children and families rather than history and architecture although there is some of this too. Just don't expect to see original decor and furniture inside. Outside there are woodland activities with tree swings, tunnels and lots more to explore. Access to some lovely walks through woodland and down by Windermere lake is also a highlight.
Hugo Herrera | Jul 3, 2018
Is awesome!! Have no words. The castle is beautiful, the staff (volunteers) are friendly and very engaging. Moreover they have an amazing exposition about women in science and Beatrix Potter. I love it!!! The are plenty of activities for kids, and a pin pong table, a pool table for adults. Food in the Caffe was really good. Excellent place to visit in the Lake District!!
Morven Lewis-Everley | Jul 7, 2018
The castle itself isn't huge (we didn't go inside as it is not dog friendly), but there's acres of land and walks around the castle itself. Even better, lake Windermere is a short walk from the car park and there is a long stretch of pebble beaches that border the lake. A lot of these beaches bank off quickly, so you can swim in clean and clear fresh water. You can easily spend the day at the lakeside alone!
Paul Roberts | Jul 1, 2018
Enthusiastic well briefed staff. Magical location with stunning lake views. Family friendly, children's discovery area. Informative well researched guided tours Free car parking for NT members. A must visit again.
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