Visit the castle
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 as school holidays, but opening varies throughout the seasons. Please double check the castle is open before you visit by clicking here.
- Face masks are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas.
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.
- The Hall (PDF / 2.1MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 2.4MB) download
- The Gallery (PDF / 2.6MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 4.7MB) download
- The Dining Room (PDF / 2.3MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 1.9MB) download
- The Oak Room (PDF / 0.9MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 2.8MB) download
- The Blue Room (PDF / 1MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 1.7MB) download
- The Saloon (PDF / 3.7MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 2.6MB) download
- The Library (PDF / 2.2MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 3MB) download
- The Library Ante-Room (PDF / 2.2MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 1.6MB) download
- The Ambassador's Room Croft (PDF / 3.3MB) download
- Room Collection (PDF / 1.8MB) download
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 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.
Step into the Saloon to find out about the life of James Croft and how the family bought back their home in 1923.