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Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Low Wray, Ambleside, England

The Basics

As well as hosting talks and tours, Wray castle offers child-friendly attractions such as dressing-up areas, games, arts and crafts, and an outdoor play area. Many literary tours of England’s Lake District combine a stop at Wray Castle with Hill Top, Potter’s former home; Tarn Hows, a beauty spot previously owned by Potter; and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. Some also stop at the former homes of Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

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Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide
$98.41 per adult
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BIG thank you to Telly and Sandra
I think this is the biggest takeaway from my short trip to Lake District! Telly is so knowledgeable ! I had very little idea about the Beatrix Potter before the trip, but I was so intrigued and inspired by herself and her life, so a big thank you to Telly and Sandra! I am so glad and so thankful that I booked this tour with you!
Lori_P, Sep 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Due to its rich history, fairytale architecture, and family-friendly activities, Wray Castle is a must-see sight for anyone exploring Cumbria.

  • There’s a café at the castle and guests are also welcome to picnic on the grounds; there are several benches on the grass in front of the castle.

  • The ground floor of the castle is accessible to wheelchair users; there are also wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities.

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How to Get There

Wray Castle is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Windermere—driving from Windermere takes 20-25 minutes. During the summer season (April to October), boats run between Waterhead Pier in Ambleside and Wray Castle Pier, from where it’s a 10-minute uphill walk to the castle.

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When to Get There

The castle is busiest during weekends and school vacations, and quietest on weekday mornings. Warm and dry summer days are the best time to explore the pretty lakeside grounds.

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Castles of the Lake District

Wray Castle is one of many historic sites around the Lake District. For romantic views of crumbling medieval-era ruins, head for Kendal Castle, Penrith Castle, or Brough Castle. Elsewhere in the region, you’ll find Carlisle Castle, Muncaster Castle, and Appleby Castle, all of which are fully intact and open to the public for tours.

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