National Trust Castle and Parkland
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2019 marks 75 years since D-Day and 80 years since the start of the Second World War. To commemorate these significant anniversaries, we’re sharing the stories of the Croft family from 1939-45. Families can step back in time and discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school for evacuated children during the war, with dressing up and games in the Family Room.
In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then.
Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Find out more about our project to restore the glasshouse and how you can support our work. Look out for the Georgian stable block and uncover some of the stories of how horses were cared for during the First World War.
Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views or follow one of the woodland trails and discover over 300 veterans trees along the way. Feeling energetic? Why not tackle the Orienteering course or let the little ones go wild in the natural and mini castle play areas. We’ve also embarked on an ambitious project to restore and revive the once Picturesque Fishpool Valley; a designed landscape in the midst of Croft’s ancient parkland. Discover how we’re repairing the dams, restoring historic structures and revealing lost Picturesque views on your next visit.
For more information about opening times, admission prices, facilities and what’s on at Croft Castle, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland