Bluebells at Croft Castle

Three friends talking surrounded by bluebells at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Croft's parkland is transformed by carpets of bluebells in April and May. Read on to discover a little more about our native British bluebells and the best places to spot them, as well as our Blooming Bluebells festival throughout the month of May.

As you arrive at Croft this spring, you will notice smatterings of bluebells in and around the trees along the entrance drive. But if you really want to surround yourself by bursts of colour and blankets of blue, head to the wood pasture. There are thousands underneath the Candelabra Oak, which is the perfect spot to get lost in your thoughts and listen to the birds.

Discover carpets of bluebells this spring at Croft
A carpet of bluebells in the woodland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Discover carpets of bluebells this spring at Croft

There is intriguing folklore surrounding bluebells. Some believed that by wearing a wreath made of the flowers, the wearer would be forced to tell the truth. Others believed that if you could turn one of the flowers inside out without tearing it, you would eventually find the one you love.

Our British bluebells will flower at the end of April (weather depending) and will flower until late May. We'll be celebrating their arrival with 'Blooming bluebells' month throughout May. Ask at Visitor Reception for our map of the best places to spot them and some more information about the history of the bluebell at Croft.

Discover lovely displays of bluebells in the castle and throughout the property and enjoy blue-themed treats in the Stables shop and Carpenters tea-room. Listen to Blues and Jazz music in the castle on Sunday 20 May and join an ancient tree and bluebell walk with our ranger on Saturday 12 May.

Don't forget to share your bluebell photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @NTCroftCastle