Outdoors

Things to see and do right now

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The grand design

Croome is the first and best design of the famous 18th-century landscape architect, 'Capability' Brown. His important work here revolutionised the approach to landscape design across Europe and influenced hundreds, if not thousands of gardens.

We love dogs

  • Your pooch is very welcome at Croome
  • You can take your dog anywhere on a lead around the park and lakeside
  • There are dog waiting hooks outside our restaurant, shop and house as they can't go inside
  • Assistance dogs are of course welcome throughout Croome
  • There are seven waste bins around the park. Check our downloadable map for the locations
  • Please don't leave your dog in your car. Let him enjoy Croome with you

Find your way

Download our illustrated map which shows you where you can walk and what there is to find around Croome. You'll get a copy as part of your welcome leaflet when you arrive.

The restoration of the century

The ice house before restoration. 

The ice house before restoration.

A landscape nearly lost

Once a landscape hidden in the undergrowth, the parkland and all of its follies are being restored to their 18th-century heyday. In the later part of the 20th century the hand-dug lake and river were filled to the brim with silt, temples were covered in graffiti and lost from view, statues lay broken, and shrubberies had been ploughed up. We were determined to take on this epic task and return Croome's splendour.

The restoration of the century

Off with his head! 

Off with his head!

Statutes in the undergrowth

Ten statues remain at Croome and we've restored most from ruin. Pan was one of the worst. Found by our garden volunteers broken in undergrowth, he had lost his head. We had an interesting time with our conservators, deciding how to style the god of shepherds' face. See how you think we got on in the Evergreen Shrubbery.

The restoration of the century

Hanging by a thread 

Hanging by a thread

Saved in the nick of time

The Rotunda's place on top of a ridge wasn't always so sure. When we began to restore this exquisite building in 2008, the project quickly turned into a rescue. Alongside rot and decay, we found the delicate and cracked plaster dome was about to give way as the woodwork behind it had all rotted. Find out more when you step inside the Rotunda.

The restoration of the century

Adding colour to the Evergreen Shrubbery display 

Adding colour to the Evergreen Shrubbery display

Historic planting returns

Since 1996 our outdoor team have been replanting the park to how it looked in the 18th century. Using Croome's extensive archive documents, which include surveys, maps and bills, the team have replanted many trees, flowers and shrubs to reinstate vast swathes of shrubberies which had been lost in the 20th century.

The restoration of the century

All ploughed up © NT

All ploughed up

All ploughed up

When we took on the parkland in 1996 the fields were used for arable agriculture and some of the 18th-century shrubberies had been ploughed away. It was a massive task to reinstate the parkland's original purpose but since then we have restored 400 acres to wildflower meadow and pasture. Take a walk into the park to see how we've done.

The restoration of the century

Nearly lost to the undergrowth © NT

Nearly lost to the undergrowth

Rescued from ruin

Most of the temples and follies in the parkland were either lost beneath thick undergrowth, vandalised or in ruin. We worked for over 10 years to pull them back from the brink, and there are still more to save. The Grotto was one of the worst, covered in ivy with tree roots pulling it apart. Now restored, you can find it by the lakeside.

The restoration of the century

Mud, glorious mud © NT/Wendy Carter

Mud, glorious mud

Silt and sludge

Up until 2004 all you could see of Croome's extensive river and lake was mud and silt. The waterway looks natural but it was dug out by hand by 18th century workers employed by 'Capability' Brown. We employed our own team of long-reach diggers to scoop out 50,000 cubic metres of silt. See the difference for yourself at the lakeside.

Coming soon...

  • Our only image of the Chinese Bridge © Croome Estate Trust

    Chinese Croome

    We're hoping work begins later this year to restore the lost Chinese Bridge.

  • The enchanting walk through the Home Shrubbery © Croome Estate Trust

    The secret walk

    We're opening the final part of the Home Shrubbery in late spring and we can't wait to show you.<...

  • Lying in pieces, this statue needs attention. © NT

    Swirl urn restored

    We're piecing together the 6th Earl's shattered urn this summer.

  • Toilet break © NT

    Composting toilet

    An eco-friendly toilet for visits to the lakeside arrives this summer.

Summer walks

Summer reflections

Find your favourite spot this summer.

The parkland comes to life at this time of the year. Take a walk out to your favourite spot with our walks booklet for £2.50 from our shop.

Toyah Willcox's favourite walk

Singer, songwriter, actress and local girl, Toyah Willcox, loves to walk and her favourite walk is at Croome. Watch our video to find out more and try it out for yourself.

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