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Visit Wray car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s quite easy to reach Wray car-free. In Summer (April until the end of October), you can cruise across Lake Windermere from Ambleside direct to Wray (15 mins). Year-round, regular buses from Ambleside and Hawkshead (10 mins), Windermere and Coniston (30 mins) stop nearby. It’s then a 20-minute stroll to Wray.

There are direct picturesque bus rides to Ambleside from Kendal (45 mins), Keswick (45 mins) and Lancaster. There are direct trains to Windermere from Oxenholme (20 mins) and Manchester.

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

Non-members arriving car-free save on parking costs.

Various bargain tickets are available for getting around the Lake District by train or bus. For more money-saving tips see our handy guides to trains and buses.

From Ambleside, you can cruise direct to Wray Castle.

The scenic Lakes Line railway runs to Windermere. Scenic buses the Lakesider and Lakes Connection run to Windermere and Ambleside.

National Route 6 passes nearby. Plan your cycle route here. Wray has bike racks and a fitted bike pump and bikes are allowed on the Bowness ferry.

Lake Windermere and Lake to Lake paths pass close by. Follow instructions to walk from Ambleside (1 hr 15 mins) or along the lake from Ferry House (2 hours). You can get to Ferry House by boat from Bowness-on-Windermere (served by bus 6).

Here’s some information on access to attractions, buses and trains in the UK. And here’s access information for Wray.

There are many other National Trust places to visit in the Lake District. The nearest are Low Wray Active Base and places in Ambleside, which are on the same bus 505 route. Claife Viewing Station and Hill Top are near the Ferry House jetty.

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About Wray

Parkland and castle on the west shore of Windermere.
Lakeshore and parkland with way marked trails, great for family adventures. Starting at the front of the castle head down to the shingle beach to make a splash in England’s largest lake and explore the woodlands through the seasons. Joey’s café is open all year round serving baked goods, savoury snacks, locally roasted coffee, teas and hot chocolate as a tasty reward. See the castle’s church like interiors and the 19th century local photography exhibition on the ground floor, which is free to enter.

For any queries about visiting contact Wray on 01539433250 or

Address: Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0JA. Visit Website