Visiting Croft: what to expect from your visit
We are now open everyday. Please check our opening hours before setting off to avoid disappointment.
Arrival and parking
If you are a National Trust member please have your membership card close to hand as you arrive. Once you've parked, follow the signs to Visitor Reception where one of our friendly team members will provide you with the information you need to have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Feel free to pick up a map with information about our one-way routes or download one here.
You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time. The car park and gates will be locked shortly after. Opening times for the castle and parkland vary throughout the year, please make sure you check our opening times before visiting here.
You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets, as well as hand sanitiser on entry and exit.
Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas.
What can I see and do?
We are open everyday and you can find our opening hours here. Please do check our opening times before visiting to avoid any disappointment.
You can explore the gardens and go for a walk through the parkland. We have five different way-marked routes you can follow. Please remember to keep dogs on leads and under control as we have cattle and sheep grazing. Don't forget to pop to the tea-room for a takeaway snack or sit-down light meal and browse through pre-loved paperbacks in our second-hand bookshop.
The castle is also open; step back in time and discover more about the families who've lived here. Please note the opening times for the castle are slightly different this year, to find out more on opening times click here. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
Our castle play area is perfect for younger children who can pretend to be knights, kings and queens. Our natural play area is for more adventurous children and includes a den making area.
Toilets - including access and baby change facilities - are available near the tea-room. These are all sanitised by our team throughout the day.
The Carpenters tea-room is open from 10am to 4pm (last order at 3.30pm) serving a limited menu of hot drinks, cakes, light bites and jacket potatoes. We’ve introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collection points and way-marked, one-way routes. We’re now accepting cash as well as card payment. On warm days and holidays, an additional ice cream kiosk will be open outside the tea room.
There are plenty of spots around the gardens and parkland for you to enjoy a picnic, as well as a few benches around the gardens. We hope you have a lovely visit.