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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. 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.

Cadbury Easter Egg trails

There is an Easter egg hunt trail every day over the holidays © NT

There is an Easter egg hunt trail every day over the holidays

Friday 3 to Monday 6 April 10am to 4pm

Bring the family for some traditional Easter fun this bank holiday weekend with our egg hunt. Become a true Eggsplorer and join the hunt with a Cadbury Easter egg trail in and around the gardens at Croft.  Follow the clues and complete the Edwardian themed game trail to collect a Cadbury chocolate Egghead at the end. Trails are £2 each.

Trails kindly supported by Cadbury.

Get involved

Get digging with us © NTPL/Laura Kennedy

Get digging with us

We're looking for volunteers to join our team at Croft.  Volunteering with the National Trust is about doing things you enjoy; we have lots of different jobs 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 can.  Bring a open mind and we can help with the rest. What have you got to loose?

 

Edwardian holiday trail

Completing a springtime trail © NTPL/Robert Morris

Completing a springtime trail

Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April, 10am to 4pm

School’s out and we’ve got Easter holiday activities on every day. Come to Croft and go back in time with our Edwardian games trail in the castle grounds. Find out how children of a by-gone era would have spent their days and you can even have a go at them too. Plus try the house trail and play in the fresh air in our natural play area.

 

Trails available every day, £2 each.

Spring poem competition

A spring illustration by James Munro © James Munro

Be inspired on your next visit and write us a spring based poem.  There are 3 age categories but you must be aged 12 or under. Win book vouchers; with the overall winner having their poem specially illustrated by James Munro.

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