Visit the castle

The saloon at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Please double check the opening times of Croft castle before visiting to avoid any disappointment. Our castle opening dates vary from season to season.

The castle is open daily during peak times such, such as school holidays but opening varies throughout the seasons. Please double check the castle is open before you visit by clicking here. 

  • Please avoid touching any surfaces and sitting on the furniture.
  • Please remember to keep a safe distance from others while exploring the castle.
  • Although not compulsory, wearing a face mask is recommended whilst inside the castle.

Exploring the castle 

The first Bernard de Croft of Croft Castle was noted in the Domesday book in 1086 and the Crofts have fought to keep their home ever since. In the castle you can uncover stories about the key members of the family who played their part in influencing British political and military history.

You can find out more about the different rooms and the stories they tell by clicking on the PDFs below; you'll also be able to download these in each of the rooms by using the QR codes provided. 

Discover over 1000 years of power, politics and pleasure at Croft Castle
A view of Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Discover over 1000 years of power, politics and pleasure at Croft Castle

Our volunteers can give you the highlights such as Sir Richard Croft who fought with his Croft army during the Wars of the Roses alongside Edward Mortimer in 1461 at the 'Battle of Mortimer's Cross'. The Tudor Sir James Croft was imprisoned in the Tower of London during the 'Wyatt rebellion' and tortured because he wouldn't betray Elizabeth I; she later appointed him 'Comptroller' of her Royal household.

The tomb of Sir Richard and Dame Eleanor Croft in the church at Croft Castle
The early sixteenth-century tomb of Sir Richard & Dame Eleanor Croft in the Church of St Michael at Croft Castle
The tomb of Sir Richard and Dame Eleanor Croft in the church at Croft Castle

The castle volunteers will also tell you about a time when the Crofts lost their home in 1746 and eventually bought it back 177 years later. You can see the changes the 'Somerset Davies' and 'Kevill Davies' families made to the interiors and estate at Croft whilst the Crofts were away.

Find out about William Croft and the Civil War and what happened to the castle during this time and move right up to the twentieth century as we continue to research and share stories of Croft and its inhabitants. 

Portrait of Sir William Croft (1593-1645)
A portrait of Sir William Croft in the Entrance Hall at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Portrait of Sir William Croft (1593-1645)

Step into the Saloon to find out about the life of James Croft and how the family bought back their home in 1923.