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Play dress up

Don your best frock for some play time © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Don your best frock for some play time

Step inside the family room for a spot of puppet theatre or storytelling. Battle it out with the knights and castles play set or become Bishop Hereford of Croft with our adult and child costumes. Ask about our children's trails for under 5s and older children, and find out more about our conservation work with some hands-on conservation activities. You can also stretch your imagination outdoors with our natural playground and mini-castle play area.

Listen to a story

1000 years of stories to share © NTPL/Phoebe Lording

1000 years of stories to share

Ask on arrival about our daily talks and tours programme.

The Croft family have been here for nearly 1000 years and you can get a taste for some of their history with one of our morning taster tours. Tours last for 25 minutes and you can learn about the art and architecture, conservation or maybe some family history. It's your choice. Short of time? Look out for our afternoon talks which will give you a snippet of the juicy bits.

Upstairs downstairs

All present and correct © NTPL/National Trust Images

All present and correct

Follow in the footsteps of the forgotten servants

We'll show you what we've uncovered about the 19th- and 20th-century servants with our ongoing project to discover the past lives of the workers who lived and worked here. Downstairs you can learn about the once-working rooms of the cellars. Upstairs you can explore the west attic with our guide and find out about its time as a Welsh garrett or as a convent school and what the servants used it for.


There are lots of ways you can get involved with our work at the castle. We're looking for people to research and tell our many Croft stories, help us with our events, assist visitors and so much more.  We've even got behind the scenes volunteering with conservation work inside and out.

Caring for the castle

How long do you think this takes? © Derw Thomas

How long do you think this takes?

Ever wondered what is involved with taking care of this stately home? Find out all about it with our new year-round conservation programme for 2014. We've opened up our conservation work room so you can find out how we do it and even have a go or share some top tips.

Browse the collection

King Charles 1 © NTPL/John Hammond

King Charles 1

We've got an array of period furniture, family heirlooms, fashionable timepieces and a nearly complete collection of family portraits to share with you.