Built over 180 years ago by a dentist and heiress, Wray Castle overlooks England’s largest lake. The castle has been largely unoccupied since the 1920s but at one point was the summer home for the family of Beatrix Potter. Here she met Hardwicke Rawnsley and began her close connection to the Lake District and the National Trust that would last throughout her life.

Visitors can explore the ground floor of Wray Castle, an exhibition and a range of trails surrounding the grounds. Unfortunately, the upper levels are now off limits due to extensive storm damage.

Things to do:

  • Traverse a range of trails leading through woodlands and to the lakeshore.
  • Explore the ground floor interior of the castle.
  • A 19th century photography exhibit of local artists is free to enter.
  • Joey’s Café serves baked goods, snack and hot and cold drinks. The café is independent and open to all!


There is level access to the castle. Wray Castle is wheelchair accessible throughout and into the café. There is some uneven steps and terrain on the grounds.

There is an accessible toilet available.

All dogs are welcome on the grounds, only assistance are allowed inside the castle.

Disabled parking is found in the top car park.

For more information, please see here.

To explore more of the National Trusts links to the Lake District, click here.

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