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1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home

Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover.

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. In the ambassadors room you can discover the story of the Croft's and the devastating impact of the First World War on young men from the local parish. Find out about the criteria for enlistment during 1915 in the family room.

Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1908 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block and uncover some of the stories of how horses were cared for during the war years.

Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views including the Brecon beacons or follow one of the woodland trails and find over 300 veteran 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.

1000 mile trial

Vintage car on the 1000 mile trial, stopping at Croft Castle © Samantha Duncalf

Vintage car on the 1000 mile trial, stopping at Croft Castle

Thursday 16 July, 3pm onwards

The Royal Automobile Club's annual 1000 mile trial pit stops on day four with us during their 5 day challenge. The very first trial began in 1899 when most of the country had never seen a motor car. The prestigious collection of pre-war, vintage and later classic vehicles will be calling in to the grounds of Croft as part of their five day journey, and what better back drop to see them in?

Normal admission fees apply. 

 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin B...

See Quantum theatre delight all ages with The Tales of Peter Rabbit © NT Images

See Quantum theatre delight all ages with The Tales of Peter Rabbit

Wednesday 5 August, 2pm

Don't miss Quantum Theatre as they bring to life the much loved characters of Beatrix Potter. The magic of naughty Peter and his cousin Benjamin will be played out in Croft's beautiful garden, and what better place for children and adults alike to enjoy the performance. Normal admission fees apply, no extra charge to see performance, which starts at 2pm. Bring a picnic and relax.

 

 

Get involved

Get digging with us © NTPL/Laura Kennedy

We're looking for volunteers to join our team at Croft.  We've got lots of different roles for you to choose from. We need energetic gardeners, smiling receptionists, enthusiastic house guides and lots more. It's your time, so you can give what you want, when you want.  Bring an open mind and we'll provide the rest.

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