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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 or sit and read through the auction catalogues. In the ambassadors room you can discover the story of the Croft's and the devastating impact of the First World War on young men from the local parish. Find out about the criteria for enlistment during 1915 in the family room.

Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1908 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block and uncover some of the stories of how horses were cared for during the war years.

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.

World War Two weekend

Second World War exhibits © David Watson

Second World War exhibits

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, 10am to 5pm

Berrington's annual event has moved to Croft this year with vintage vehicle displays, memorabilia, clothing and a WW2 hairdresser will also be there to style your hair in victory rolls. We've got a wartime themed bar, an Anderson shelter and historical talks about the era. Boogie with the Blitz dancers and music from Hereford Concert and Ludlow Town band over the weekend. With a potential fly-past from a World War II plane on Sunday 7th.

Normal admission fees apply. 

 

Visit Cwmmau Farmhouse

Relax at Cwmmau this summer © Ian Grafton

Relax at Cwmmau this summer

Open Thursday 25 June to Sunday 29 June, 1pm to 5pm

Don't miss your chance to visit this late medieval, black and white, timber framed farmhouse this June. Only open for four days twice a year and normally a holiday cottage, come along and explore Cwmmau as our volunteers share some of its stories with you.

Normal admission fees apply.

 

Get involved

Get digging with us © NTPL/Laura Kennedy

We're looking for volunteers to join our team at Croft.  We've got lots of different roles for you to choose from. We need energetic gardeners, smiling receptionists, enthusiastic house guides and lots more. It's your time, so you can give what you want, when you want.  Bring an open mind and we'll provide the rest.

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