Wray Castle

With church-like interiors and panoramic Lake District views, a visit to Wray Castle is a must if you’re looking for things to do in Bowness on Windermere.

Opening Hours

Castle: 10:30 – 16:00

Grounds: 09:00 – 18:00

Joey’s Cafe at Wray Castle is currently open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, serving takeaway hot and cold drinks and cakes. It’s running from a Pop-Up Cabin for now, outside the Castle building. Also, there is no longer a shop at Wray Castle open for the public.

Pricing

Entry to the Castle for 2021 will be free for all visitors. The grounds of the Castle, woodlands, paths, car park and outdoor play trail are open and free to visitors.

Travel Information

Address

Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0JA

By road – SatNav: Postcode LA22 0JA

Be warned, there are narrow roads in some places and so travel is not suitable for coaches, only maximum size minibuses at 16 seaters.

Parking: Pay and display for non-members of the National Trust while members get free parking by scanning their membership card.

By cycle

Seasonal bike-carrying boat from Brockhole; lakeside road and bridleway from Ferry Head (4 miles). Plus off-road cycle path from Ambleside, signed Bowness via Ferry, look out for the blue signs.

By ferry

The Windermere car ferry is now running a daily limited service, however, the boat from Ambleside is not operating.

By train

The nearest train station is Windermere, see National Rail to plan your journey

On foot

Contact Information

For further information about Wray Castle please contact the National Trust with the following details:

Website

Call: 01539433250

Email: wraycastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

FAQs for Wray Castle

Below you will find some of the most common questions asked about Wray Castle to help you plan your visit.

Is there parking at Wray Castle?

Wray Castle has parking for 71 cars on-site, 3 of which are designated disabled spaces, which you do not need to prebook for but the spaces do fill up quickly at peak times so it is advised to arrive early to ensure you get a space.

Please find a parking space and either purchase a ticket or scan your membership card on arrival. For non-members of the National Trust you will need to pay & display your car (Up to 2hrs – £5.00. 2 – 4hrs – £7.50. 4hrs+ – £9.50) or free for National Trust members. Your parking ticket will give full access to the grounds, which includes the woodland, gardens and lakeside.

Are toilets available at Wray Castle?

Yes, the toilet blocks outside by the café is open and the accessible toilet is located in this block. The visitor toilets inside the Castle on the ground floor are also open.

Can I take my dog to Wray Castle?

Dogs (on leads) are welcome in the grounds and wider estate; assistance dogs only are allowed inside the Castle building. So if you’re staying at pet-friendly accommodation like at Craig Manor, you will be able to take your four-legged friend on your day trip with you.

Is Wray Castle wheelchair accessible?

Wray Castle is wheelchair accessible however there is a steady but constant slope up from the boathouse to the Castle that you should take extra care of.

Is Wray Castle pushchair accessible?>

Yes, Wray Castle is pushchair accessible however there is a steady but constant slope up from the boathouse to the Castle that you should take extra care on.

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