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.

Join us as we bring to life stories of the Croft family during the twentieth century inside the castle. Discover how the Croft family bought back the castle in 1923 in the Saloon and how they eventually worked with the National Trust to save the castle and estate for the nation in 1957. 

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and the Representation of the People Act, which granted certain women the right to vote. From May onwards, discover how we're commemorating these important milestones.

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
Step back in time to the 1950's in our Family Room, with costumes, games and memorabilia

From Tuesday 3 to Sunday 15 April, join Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and friends as they shake off the dregs of winter and wake up for spring on our holiday trail. Reconnect with nature this Easter and find out how to care for wildlife in your own garden. Listen to period music in the castle on Sunday 8 April and step back in time to the First World War on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April with dressing up, traditional games and an assault course on the front lawn.

Spot the clues and win a prize on one of our family trails
A family completing an outdoor trail at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Spot the clues and win a prize on one of our family trails

Outdoors at Croft, springtime flowers are beginning to pop up through the gardens. Why not take a wander into Fishpool Valley and find out how we're restoring the historic structures, such as the pumphouse and limekiln?

See if you can find the old pump house in Fishpool Valley
The old pump house in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
See if you can find the old pump house in Fishpool Valley

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
Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things

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
Treat yourself to coffee and a spot of lunch in Croft's tea-room