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Wray Castle Tours

Wray Castle
With its battlements, turrets, and arrow-slit windows, the neo-gothic Wray Castle is straight from a storybook. Originally built in 1840 for a Liverpudlian doctor and his heiress wife, the estate once served as a vacation home for the family of children’s author Beatrix Potter and is currently owned by the National Trust. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 
Address: Low Wray, Ambleside, England
Admission: Varies
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Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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On this in-depth, full-day tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Go behind the scenes to get a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed writer, illustrator, and scientist, best known for her “Peter Rabbit” series. Tours include stops where the author lived and worked, plus admission tickets to the Beatrix Potter Gallery and Armitt Museum.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.27
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$146.27

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

You get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations by Beatrix, including the famous copy she made of the Peter Rabbit letter. • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter. • Armitt Library & Museum to see Beatrix's stunningly detailed mycology illustrations and other artefacts
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$757.16
per group
From
$757.16
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Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour

Beatrix Potter Private 5 hour tour

With over 20 years experience giving tours to people from all over the world, Brook Tours of Windermere can offer you: Expert local knowledge, registered fully licensed and insured operator, friendly and courteous service going the extra mile to ensure your comfort, free help advice and planning for our clients, the ability to enjoy the sights and pleasures of the Lake District without the distraction of driving on unfamiliar roads, and a high standard of service whilst at the same time delivering quality and value for money.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$342.37
per group
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$342.37
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Explore Lake Windermere's Shoreline: Private, Full Day Tour for 4

Explore Lake Windermere's Shoreline: Private, Full Day Tour for 4

Travelling around England’s largest lake, you will visit historic sights, beautiful gardens and take in some of the most unrivalled scenery you’re likely to encounter here in the Lake District. Your journey will begin during the danger and hardship of Roman times, all the way through the Victorian era to today. You will experience both history and landscape, collecting along the way memories that will last a lifetime. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide • Attraction fees excluded
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.70
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$289.70
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Explore Lake Windermere's Shoreline: Private, Full Day Tour for 8

Explore Lake Windermere's Shoreline: Private, Full Day Tour for 8

Travelling around England’s largest lake, you will visit historic sights, beautiful gardens and take in some of the most unrivalled scenery you’re likely to encounter here in the Lake District. Your journey will begin during the danger and hardship of Roman times, all the way through the Victorian era to today. You will experience both history and landscape, collecting along the way memories that will last a lifetime. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide • Attraction fees excluded
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$316.03
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From
$316.03
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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

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Discover another side of the beautiful Lake District, and follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, on this immersive, half-day tour. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, and venture first to Wray Castle, a former vacation home where Potter spent time as a teenager. Continue to her home at Hill Top, see the villages she used to frequent, and learn more about her life and works. As you go, you’ll also get to admire the Lake District’s wealth of scenery.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.59
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Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.18
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$92.18

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert

On this tour you get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$427.96
per group
From
$427.96
per group

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with Expert

Private Tour: Beatrix Potter Afternoon Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with Expert

On this tour you will get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District. • Near Sawrey village which Beatrix visited often, used as inspiration for her illustrations and where she happily settled and married. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$427.96
per group
From
$427.96
per group

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