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1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover.
In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs, sit and read through the auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. Experience a glamorous evening set in 1930 in the dining room or simply relax in the atmosphere of this friendly family abode. From August 2014 you can discover the story of the Croft's at war and life at the home front during World War One.
Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1913 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block which will tell the story of Horses at War from August this year.
Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views including the Brecon beacons or follow one of the woodland trails and find over 300 veteran trees along the way. Feeling energetic? Why not tackle the Orienteering course or let the little ones go wild in the natural and mini castle play areas.
Croft Castle is one of four places chosen to take part in a new nationwide National Trust project called Changing Rooms. As part of the project we will be trialling new ways of opening our castle to give you a better experience. This will mean you can enjoy a totally new visit inside our castle. We'll update you very soon on what you can expect but if you would like to get involved with volunteering for the project then feel free to get in touch.
Time to reflect
Open every weekend in January and February 10am to 4pm
Walk off the Christmas excesses with us this winter with a walk around the parkland. With the Iron Age hill fort, hundreds of ancient trees and the calming Fishpool valley complete with its new bird hide, there are plenty of places to explore. Our tea-room, visitor reception, natural play area, castle play area and gardens are also open each weekend so you can find everything you need.
February half term
Open daily Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February, 10am to 4.30pm
We're waking up the wood inside the castle with some hands-on conservation work to experience, daily throughout half term. You can learn about how we care for the furniture, panelling and even the floors with our daily conservation programme. Families can look out for Jack Frost with the garden trail. Explore the glasshouse and its story of the servants and gardeners who once worked here.
The Croft collection
We've got a proud collection of family portraits, period furniture, family heirlooms and fashionable time pieces to be uncovered. See what's been left behind after a 1000 year legacy.
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