Wray Castle Tours

Wray Castle
One of the most-beloved castles in the United Kingdom and one of the finest examples of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture (some would use the term “mock Gothic”), Wray Castle is an important stop on any Lake District itinerary. Built along the shoreline of Windermere lake in 1840, it was the starting point of Beatrix Potter’s illustrious love affair with the Lake District. 

Potter’s family vacationed there in the summer of 1882, well before the castle was used as a training college for Merchant Navy radio officers and eventually handed over to the National Trust, which had plans to turn the castle into a hotel. Popular demand led the organization to rethink its decision and ultimately decide to open the grandiose castle to the public. Tourists have been flocking to the area ever since. The castle is completely empty inside — and therefore very kid-friendly — and offers several dressing-up areas and over 50 activities.

Practical Info

The castle is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from mid-March to October and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November to mid-December. The castle is closed to visitors between mid-December and mid-March, but its grounds are open from dawn until dusk year-round. Free guided visits of the property are available. Admission costs £7.20 for adults, £3.60 for kids and £18 per family. Wray Castle can be reached from Liverpool and Manchester in two hours via the M6, the A591 and the B5286; however, due to its popularity, the castle’s parking lot tends to be full by as early as 11 a.m. Additionally, there are regular boats direct from Ambleside and a bus service running from Ferry Nab via Hill Top and Hawkshead. 

Address: Low Wray, Ambleside, England
Hours: Park is open year round; castle hours vary
Admission: Adults: £7.20, Children: £3.60, Families: £18
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Morning Half Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Beatrix Potter Country and Places - Afternoon Half Day Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The many lives of Beatrix Potter Full Day All-Inclusive 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. • 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
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter

Discover the landscapes and locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on this private 1-day Lake District tour from Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside. Travel deep into the English countryside as your guide sheds light on the life and times of famous author Beatrix Potter. Enjoy panoramic views over Windermere’s open wilderness, and visit top attractions including Wray Castle, Tarn Hows, Coniston Water and Hill Top. Explore the village of Hawkshead at your leisure, take a train journey through Haverthwaite and admire the rolling hillsides from the water during a Lake Windermere cruise.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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