If you haven’t been to Wray Castle, put it on your ‘to visit’ list. A National Trust property in the Lake District, it is a fantastic attraction for families and almost entirely geared towards children. A friend told me about Wray Castle when I was planning our Lake District weekend, and I’m so glad she did. Our children still talk about our day there six months later and tell me how much they loved the ‘Children’s Castle’.
What’s at Wray Castle?
Each of the many rooms within Wray Castle has a theme: from Peter Rabbit to pirates, giant board games to kitchen crafts. The playroom full of giant foam blocks particularly appealed to Little T. Tinygirl enjoyed making a paper crown, and tinyboy loved dressing up as a knight (and wielding a wooden sword).
Outside, there is a wonderful wooden play trail situated in the woodland grounds. Take your wellies for this as it can get very muddy! Natural wooden play equipment is dotted within the trees, encouraging climbing, sliding, balancing and swinging.
For walkers, there is a trail down to the water with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. A shorter path guides visitors around the kitchen gardens, in the throes of refurbishment during our visit. A wander to the front of the castle rewards with a beautiful vista of Lake Windermere.
Facilities at Wray Castle
- Parking? Free for National Trust members. Car park can get muddy.
- Refreshments? Small cafe at the property serving sandwiches, soups, pies and kids’ packs. Picnic areas inside and outside the property.
- Loos? Visitor toilets next to the cafe.
Would we recommend Wray Castle?
We definitely would! All five of us had a really wonderful day. There was enough to keep the kids entertained for a good few hours and lots of space to explore. The castle itself has so much to engage children of all ages. The gardens and grounds are great to explore, even on a rainy day.