We came to Wray on … Blackpool Zoo Play Barn. Definitely worth a visit, but maybe in the summer and the walk wasn’t one for beginners in our opinion. Toilets were free of charge and we went into the café .Again quite. I can't believe the national trust are responsible for running this. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. Had I not been a member I would have insisted on a refund of the entrance fee. Outside the adventure play trail is waiting to be climbed on, … Following the latest Government natio... nal lockdown announcement, Tatton Park’s public outdoor places, including the Parkland and Playground, can safely remain open for local outdoor exercise from 6 January 2021. By car: take the A593 from Ambleside, turn left at Clappersgate onto the B5286. There’s an adventure playground on site, the Brockhole Café and the Gaddum Gallery to explore. Scroll down for photos of the shoreline walk and further down for the natural playground. The castle itself is very impressive and surrounded by a beautiful area too, small cafe on site not offering much but better than nothing. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer. The grounds are large enough to go walking around and not get lost, and the cafe on site is well stocked. Wray Castle is situated in a lovely open space with breath-taking scenery and lovely walks. Will probably do the reverse next. The waterside walks are pleasant enough and offer views across Windermere. .. We undertook a short walk on well-made paths from Hawkshead to Wrays Castle, which took about an hour and a half at leisurely pace. Recent Post by Page. Find things to do near to Low Wray Campsite ( National Trust ). Parking is a little limited so I'd imagine things could get tough in high Summer. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and the weather was stunning so a lovely way to celebrate the day (should have been driving down US 1 in California until Covid hit). Despite its gothic exterior that appears akin to the imaginings of Hans Christian Andersen, Wray Castle was actually built in 1840. ...we had a lovely day but it's not an all day outing. Walked down the incline to the edge of Windermere and on towards Claife viewing station although decided to turn back before reaching it. Wray Castle is a place for all the family to enjoy, so don't worry about running around and making noise! A lakeshore path leads to Wray Castle, great for families with a range of activities, including the new Peter Rabbit Warren. Best of all, all the campsites listed below have either play areas, onsite outdoor kids’ activities , local attractions very close by or all three – making them ideal family glampsites for camping in the UK with kids. First batch is Wray Castle, views from the castle and some of the rooms inside. Wray Castle: Modern castle - See 1,930 traveller reviews, 888 candid photos, and great deals for Ambleside, UK, at Tripadvisor. Little gem in the forest but mainly for children. Whatever you do, don't waste your money in this joke castle. The mock gothic castle certainly sounds like a fun day but we felt that our boys would most enjoy the free adventure playground at Brockhole. The castle itself is really imposing and almost fairytale-like! The only slight disappointment was the cafe - the people working were nice & the sausage rolls were tasty (albeit quite pricey) but it was extremely slow service. Lakes Aquarium. There are lots of ways to travel to Wray Castle, including boat and bike. Children might want to stay all day! Another room consisted of a plastic canoe and an exercise bike (? Don’t be fooled by the turrets and towers of this gothic design though – this fairy-tale castle was built in the 19th century by a Victorian surgeon. It was intended as a retirement home for James Dawson, a surgeon from Liverpool, who used his wife’s inheritance to create the elaborate structure, though it’s said that she found it so unsightly she refused to live in it. The whole thing was such a rip off and just dreadfully thought out. This stunning National Trust site offers a wide-range of camping options including traditional pitches with waterfront, lake, meadow or woodland views, or pods, safari tents, tree tents, hammocks and space for campervans and motorhomes. Great little stop off on a journey around the lakes. There’s dressing up, castle building, as well as an outdoor adventure play area with den building, rope swings and scramble boards. 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. Only 2 mins to the lake down a pathway. Wray Castle’s play trail is always open for adventure. Boats go from there to the Lakes Visitor Centre at Brockhole (01539 446601; www.brockhole.co.uk), and the terrific Treetop Trek (01539 447186). Lots of little rooms with different things in. Wray Castle is kitted out to let the kids have fun. The waterside walks are pleasant enough and offer views across Windermere. ... Wray Castle is open: Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Railroad Company. Please see our partners for full details. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. Visit Wray Castle, a mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere. We recommend booking Wray Castle tours ahead of time to secure your spot. 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Pages Liked by This Page. There are also family craft activities on offer, and this half term children can make a brilliant bug hotel to take home. Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour... Hotels near Oxenholme Lake District Station, Lake District Activities with Lakeland Ascents, Points of Interest & Landmarks in Ambleside, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Ambleside, Game & Entertainment Centres in Ambleside, Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House: Tickets & Tours‎, Hayes Garden World Ambleside: Tickets & Tours‎, Esthwaite water trout fishery: Tickets & Tours‎, Hawkshead Grammar School: Tickets & Tours‎, Ambleside Climbing Wall: Tickets & Tours‎. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. We could not decide between staying at Wray Castle or going across the lake to visit Brockhole. 1. Landmark & Historical Place. It wa… Entry into the castle is £8.50 for adults, £4.25 for children and £21.00 for a family. Low Wray Campsite occupies one of the finest locations in the Lake District, with access to the shores of Lake Windermere and Wray Castle. There were also various craft activities and a fabulous adventure playground in the forest. Windermere Jetty Museum. Ask in store for a map and route information. The next room simply had a snooker table, another room had some blocks for kids to play with, and there was a darkened room with a few small tents, also for kids to play in. A bite to eat. Wray Castle is a Gothic Revival Castle, 180 years old, build by a surgeon and heiress from Liverpool with the sole intention that it would only ever have to defend itself from the Cumbrian weather. Wray Castle, a National Trust property, is a fascinating building with hints of its 'grand' past and plenty of signs of its varied history, great fun for children and perfect for a wet day in the Lakes. First visit to the castle and this side of the lake. Oct 15, 2016 - Explore Todd Wray's board "WRAY stuff" on Pinterest. [1] The grounds, which include part of the shoreline of Windermere, are open all year round and are renowned for their selection of specimen trees – … Wray Castle: The Great Wray Castle Sketch. We are NT members so managed to park for free. more. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks. Our car park can fill up quickly during busy periods so please consider green methods of transport, which can be an exciting part of your day out. Wray Castle is very different from your usual National Trust property. Take a boat trip on a lake or visit an old town/village. It's not really old enough to be considered an authentic castle (built around 1850), and the funny looking architecture says it all. 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