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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, sit and read through the auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. Experience a glamorous evening set in 1930 in the dining room or simply relax in the atmosphere of this friendly family abode. From August 2014 you can discover the story of the Croft's at war and life at the home front during World War One.
Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1913 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block which will tell the story of Horses at War from August this year.
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.
Cadbury Easter Egg Trails
18 to 21 April, 10am to 4pm
Become an Eggsplorer this Easter and join the hunt for Glendower the dragon. Find him in his lair and you'll get a Cadbury chocolate Egghead as your prize. On Easter Sunday and Monday you can learn more about Glendower with dragon storytime and you can get creative with the dragon crafts inside the stables.
- £2 to enter the trail for each child
- Small charges for dragon crafts
Volunteering drop-in weekend, 5 and 6 April, 11am to 3pm
If you've thought about how you can get involved in our work, why not come along to our drop-in weekend? We've got lots of flexible opportunities in 2014 for you to join in with. Whether you're handy with a camera, love working with people or would enjoy doing a demonstration for our visitors; we're sure to have something to suit.
Our work in 2014
Work is underway to install a Biomass boiler later this year. This will provide a renewable and sustainable energy for Croft and will reduce the impact, keeping the castle warm has, on the environment. We've also got lots of woodland restoration work planned which will see the parkland wildlife flourish in the future. You'll see some of this interesting work in progress when you visit but we'll also keep any disruption to a minimum for you.
Croft Castle is one of four places chosen to take part in a new nationwide National Trust project called Changing Rooms. As part of the project we will be trialling new ways of opening our castle to give you a better experience. From May 1, the castle will be fully open from 11am. You can also expect a totally new experience with the freedom to enjoy the castle as if it was your own home. Interested in getting involved in the project then feel free to get in touch.
The Croft collection
We've got a proud collection of family portraits, period furniture, family heirlooms and fashionable time pieces to be uncovered. See what's been left behind after a 1000 year legacy.
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