Wray Castle, Ambleside
Wray Castle came to the National Trust without its contents so you will not see a ‘typical’ National Trust house full of paintings, furniture and antiques with an accompanying owner-family history through the ages.
What you will see is a tired but fascinating building with hints of its ‘grand’ past and plenty of signs of its varied history (a history that shows in its fixtures and fittings right up to the 1990s, including numbers on room doors and institutional paint-schemes). Make sure you join one of the free tours to get its full life story.
If you’ve got children to entertain you’ll be pleased to know the rooms may be empty of grand possessions but full of kids having fun in our dressing up and story-telling spaces, perfect for a wet day in the Lakes!
the pop-up café offers light refreshments. Why not go there by boat, and make the journey part of your visit? Windermere Lakes Cruises offer a boat service to Wray Castle jetty – check the Windermere Lake Cruises website for details – www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk.