Plan your visit to Croome
There’s so much to see during your visit to Croome whether it’s enjoying the acres of parkland, exploring the house or having family fun in our play areas, we can help you get the most out of your visit.
Visiting the house
Three floors of the house are free-flow with exhibitions changing throughout the year. The fourth floor, which houses many of Croome’s collection, is accessible via tours (tour times are displayed as you enter the house). Assistance dogs only are permitted inside the house.
Find out more below about some of the exhibitions you can see
Exploring the parkland
Enjoy over 700 acres with gentle walks along the paths to the lakeside taking in statutes, temples and follies on the way. For the more energetic pick-up one of our free walks maps and explore the wider estate with walks along the river, through meadows or woodland to our outer eye-catchers such as the Panorama Tower or Dunstall Castle – the perfect way to avoid the crowds.
Children can have fun in the wild play area or RAF themed playground. Nearby seating means you can relax and watch them while they play.
Discover the secrets of the Second World War airbase wartime buildings which are now a museum. The museum reveals the once secret story of RAF Defford with wartime artefacts, emotive personal possessions, videos and costume displays. Assistance dogs only are permitted inside the museum.
Find out more below about the museum
Accessible parking bays are available 20 metres from our Visitor Centre. The main carpark has a hard surface with a mixture of gravel and tarmac. Accessible toilet facilities are available at the Visitor Centre and an accessible portaloo by the court. Assistance dogs are welcome across the site. A shuttle bus (capable of carrying a wheelchair user) runs between the Visitor Centre and the house. Powered mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs are available to pre-book free of charge.
View our full accessibility guidelines and map below
More things to see and do
If you’d prefer to join an outdoor guided walks, these take place throughout the year. Details can be found on our What’s On pages. House tours are displayed as you enter the house and vary daily.
Get your kids closer to nature with ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. You’ll find inspiration for outdoor adventures throughout the seasons at our Visitor Centre where you can pick up a free ’50 things’ activity sheet - don’t forget to collect your stickers when you’ve completed an activity.
Free seasonal spotter sheets also give you ideas of what you could see in the parkland – can you spot everything?
Dogs at Croome
Your four-legged friends are welcome on a short lead throughout the parkland with a designated off-lead area near the Visitor Centre. Please help us to look after the parkland by clearing up after your dog. Waste bins are available throughout the parkland. Forgotten your poo bag – pick up a free one at the Visitor Centre. Assistance dogs only are permitted inside the restaurant and tea-room.
View our Dog Walking guidelines below.
The toilets, including an accessible one, can be found at the Visitor Centre. Toilets are also available at the court as well as an accessible portaloo. A composting toilet (for an outdoors experience!) can be found in the parkland near the Temple Greenhouse. Baby changing stations are available in ladies/gents toilets.
Grab a bite to eat
The restaurant at the Visitor Centre is the perfect spot to refuel. Hot meals are served from 12 noon until 2pm, light lunches are served until 3pm including soups, sandwiches, snacks and a range of homemade cakes. Seating available indoors and outdoors.
Enjoy a quick cup of tea, coffee and a light bite in the tea-room which is open daily and located in the basement of the house. Scones, a selection of cakes, sandwiches and soups available Monday to Friday 11.30am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Assistance dogs only are permitted inside the restaurant and tea-room. Breastfeeding is welcome throughout Croome, including in the restaurant and tea-room. If you’re with a baby or toddler, there are high chairs, small cutlery and we can warm baby food for you. Ask for our range of gluten-free food.
During the summer you may wish to bring your own picnic – there are picnic benches scattered throughout the parkland with many near the children’s play areas and house.
Find out more about below our restaurant, tea-room and click here for opening times
Local produce, homeware, books and toys are just a few of the exciting products for year-round inspiration for gifts or souvenirs. The plant centre also sells a wide selection of plants grown in peat-free compost. Assistance dogs only are permitted inside the shop.
Don’t forget a visit to our second-hand bookshop - the perfect place to pick up your next read.
Discover below what’s in our shop and click here for opening times
Free parking is available at the Visitor Centre with designated accessible parking bays nearest to the Visitor Centre.
When to visit
Croome is open daily throughout the year (except Christmas Eve and Christmas day). Our full opening times can be found by clicking here. During the weekends and school holidays we are particularly popular with families. If you’d prefer a quieter visit you may wish to visit us outside of these times.
We charge a per-person admission charge for non-members, which allows you access to 700 acres of parkland and the house. You'll pay the admission fee at the Visitor Centre which has all the information you may need to enjoy your day out at Croome.
If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card on your next visit – every time we scan it Croome receives a ‘member credit’ which enables us to continue our essential conservation work in the house and parkland.
All our admission charges can be found on the homepage. Your visits to Croome enable us to look after this special place. Thank you for your support.
Why not become a National Trust member, and receive free entry to over 500 special places for a year?
Chat to our Visitor Reception team about the benefits of becoming a member, and discover how our members help look after Croome.