Visiting Croft with your dog

A happy dog taking a rest on the lawn with the castle in the background

With 1500 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens, paws are welcome to explore with you.

Where can my dog go?

There are five way-marked walks to follow, which include ancient trees, sweeping views across the Herefordshire countryside and an Iron Age hill fort. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join you on all of these walks through the parkland. 

Treat yourself to coffee and a spot of lunch in Croft's tea-room
A family eating lunch at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Treat yourself to coffee and a spot of lunch in Croft's tea-room

If you want to refresh before, during or after your walk, the Carpenters tea-room is serving a limited take-away menu, including hot and cold drinks, light bites and cakes. Your dog is welcome to join you in the glazed area of the tea-room (we now have limited indoor seating available), or there are picnic benches outside. 

Your dog can also join you for a wander around the walled garden and the area outside the castle.

Croft's parkland is also proud to support a tenant farmer who raises a beef herd in areas of the parkland near the walks. If your dog is not used to cows and calves, please ask about the best livestock free routes to follow as we want you to enjoy a relaxed walk during your visit.

Where can't my dog go?

The only places your dog can't go are inside the castle and the till area of the tea-room.

We know your four legged friend loves to swim but unfortunately dogs in the pools in Fishpool Valley can pose serious harm to wildlife by spreading disease. Please help us to care for wildlife by not letting your dog swim here. We've also reintroduced conservation grazing into parts of the valley; please remember to keep your dogs on leads in the fenced areas of the valley in order to protect livestock.  

Natural 'lawm-mooers' grazing in the park at Croft
Hereford bullock grazing in front of the ha-ha at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire
Natural 'lawm-mooers' grazing in the park at Croft

What do I need to be aware of at Croft?

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care around livestock.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Facilities available for my dog

You'll find dog waste bins in the main car park by Visitor Reception, as well as water bowls.