About Windermere

Gothic Revival castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds

180 years ago a surgeon and an heiress from Liverpool began building a castle that would only ever have to defend itself from the Cumbrian weather.

With all the furniture and artwork long gone and the last family moving out in the 1920s, the castle has had mixed uses and only opened to visitors in 2011.

The castle has church-like interiors and panoramic Lake District views. It is still a work in progress and we’re continually learning about its past.

Discover more of the castle’s colourful history by joining one of the daily talks or tours. Families can explore the activity rooms, where there’s plenty of space for creative play inspired by the story of Wray Castle.

Note: long, uphill walk from jetty if arriving by boat. Limited car parking. During school holidays we recommend parking at Brockhole or Ambleside and catching a ferry over to Wray Castle.

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"Wray Castle" nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle . Archived from the original on 2020-17-11.