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Notice: 'In another light' exhibition - The exhibition is now open to view inside the gardens, stables and chapel on Saturday 20 and 27 December. The castle is not open during the exhibition evenings. The exhibition is closed throughout January and we'll update you as to when it re-opens. The castle, gardens, tea-room, shop and play areas are all open from 10am to 4.30pm every weekend until 21 December with the castle and shop open from 11am.

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, sit and read through the auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. See us preparing for a wartime Christmas in 1914 in the dining room or simply relax in the atmosphere of this friendly family abode. In the ambassadors room you can discover the story of the Croft's and life on the home front during the First World War.

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.

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.

Christmas at Croft

Have you been good this year? © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Have you been good this year?

November and December from 11am to 4pm

We're busy preparing for a wartime Christmas at Croft. During the weekends in November you can join our volunteers inside the castle and help us make some decorations for us to put up around the castle in December. Weekends in December you can enjoy a Christmas shop with crafts in the castle and Father Christmas in his workshop for the little ones to enjoy an early Christmas gift.

Woodland pasture management

Conifers will be harvested allowing much needed room for the veteran trees © NTPL/Ana Vaughan

Conifers will be harvested allowing much needed room for the veteran trees

Felling begins from Monday 1 September

From September this year, we'll be working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to restores Croft's conifer wood back to a woodland pasture. Under the guidance of Natural England over the coming months; the conifer wood will be felled by the Forestry Commission. From early spring the woodland will begin to recover to its former state, improving habitat for wildlife and increasing biodiversity.

In another light

See Croft ’In Another Light’ this winter © David Ogle

1 November to 27 December 2014

Explore Croft in another light with a contemporary art in the form of a light exhibition by David Ogle. Working in partnership with Meadow Arts we're opening the garden late from 4pm to 7pm every Saturday evening until 27 December so you can see the gardens, stables and chapel in a new light.

In another light

A winter programme of contemporary art with by David Ogle © David Ogle

1 November to 27 December 2014

Explore Croft in another light with a contemporary art in the form of a light exhibition by David Ogle. Working in partnership with Meadow Arts we're opening the garden late from 4pm to 7pm every Saturday evening until 27 December so you can see the gardens, stables and chapel in a new light.

In another light

Come and see the ’In another light’ exhibition at Croft © Ana Vaughan

1 November to 27 December 2014

Explore Croft in another light with a contemporary art in the form of a light exhibition by David Ogle. Working in partnership with Meadow Arts we're opening the garden late from 4pm to 7pm every Saturday evening until 27 December so you can see the gardens, stables and chapel in a new light.

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