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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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  • Wasted visit. Terrible car parking. Should be detailed on NT site that its parking is inadequate. Would definitely not visit again. Cost £15 in fuel to turn around and go home. 
    Wasted visit. Terrible car parking. Should be detailed on NT site that its parking is inadequate. Would definitely not visit again. Cost £15 in fuel to turn around and go home.  more »
  • What a rip off !, only 3-4 empty rooms open , one with photos from B potters dad, obviously the castle is not ready for the public …..so close until it is and save us thousands ! The cafe was rammed....  more
    What a rip off !, only 3-4 empty rooms open , one with photos from B potters dad, obviously the castle is not ready for the public …..so close until it is and save us thousands ! The cafe was rammed....  more »
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  • Lovely castle. Great stone work and the inside is really nice and clean. Very well maintained. (They are working on restoring the upper floors so they aren’t open August 2022. So this may be something you want to check if you’re only here for the castle). The grounds are really well maintained and have some great trails to walk and the views out over the water are beautiful. Really nice half to full day out depending on how far you want to walk and how much time you spend inside. The restaurant attached is also really good. Everything is plant based so bare that in mind. Good coffees and great selection of cakes. It gets very busier the later you are there during the day so the queue can get quite long. The only negative note for the whole day was the cyclists. There are wider routes which the bikes are allowed on however the closer routes all have no cycling signs and some cyclists obeyed that and some did not, they weren’t rude or aggressive but it did mean you had to stop and move over on some narrow paths. Would recommend a visit here anyway, and those who are fans of Beatrix Potter have a connection to here as well as there is a bit of their family history here.
  • A lovely location and a gorgeous building with, in time, huge potential. But I stress *in time*. On the day we visited (7 Sept 22) the site was undergoing major renovation, so only the downstairs was open — and every room there was empty (apart from a room with a few photos by Beatrix Potter's father). There's also a rather sad cafe which serves *only* vegan food and some kind of plant-based confection that tastes almost, but not quite, entirely unlike ice cream. The views from the grounds are very pretty but you can see all that without paying £6 a person. Give Wray Castle a miss until the Trust are finished with it and go to Tarn Hows (or just for a nice walk) instead.

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