Step into spring at Croft Castle

The secret garden in late spring at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Discover something new in the castle, spot the spring flowers, go wild in our natural play area and treat yourself in our tea-room and shop.

Discover something new indoors as we step back in time to the 1950's. The National Trust bought Croft Castle exactly sixty years ago, in 1957. Find out how the Croft family fought to save the castle and estate in the Library and dress up, play games and flick through 1950's magazines in the family room.

Step back in time to the 1950's in our Family Room, with costumes, games and memorabilia
1950s toys, games and magazines at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Keep an eye out for Matthew Wood's exhibition on your next visit. Croft has been the inspiration for a series of paintings which are on display in the Upper Gallery from 3 June to 14 July. All his paintings are created in one sitting and evoke the unique atmosphere of Croft. Check out our what's on listings for more information.

A few of Matthew Wood's paintings in the Upper Gallery at Croft
Artworks by Matthew Wood in his exhibition at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Outdoors at Croft, springtime flowers are creating a sea of colour throughout the gardens. Pop on your walking boots and explore our historic parkland; try your hand at bird watching in our Fishpool Valley bird-hide and go wild in our natural play area.

See what you can spot when you visit the bird hide at Croft
Visitors bird watching in the bird hide at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire

Have a springtime adventure and tick off some of your '50 things' while you're at it; climb a tree, find some frog spawn, play pooh sticks, go bug hunting and run around in the rain if the sun isn't shining.

Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things
A boy inspects a bug at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Don't miss our new retail ranges in the shop this spring and tuck into a freshly made lunch or afternoon tea in the Carpenters tea-room. Ask about our take-away options which you can enjoy while you stroll around the gardens or on a walk 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