The Secret Garden trail

'The Secret Garden' was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and was first published in 1911. See if you can spot the clues and unravel the mystery that will lead you to the Secret Garden at Croft.

  • Booking not needed
  • Admission applies

Stop the garden from being neglected by learning how to care for it, just like our gardeners do all year round.

Don't forget to dress up and play games in the castle, go wild in our natural and mini-castle play areas, spot the bluebells on a walk through the parkland and discover stories of women during the First World War and throughout the 20th century in the castle.


Event ticket prices
  • All £2.50
    per trail
View admission charges
Croft Castle and Parkland


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.50 £10.35
Child £5.75 £5.15
Family £28.75 £25.85
1 adult, 2 children £17.25 £15.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.70
Garden and grounds only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.00 £6.30
Child £3.50 £3.15
Family £15.80 £14.20
1 adult, 2 children £10.35 £9.30
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.95
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.60

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

The basics

Children welcome
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Collect your trail sheet from Visitor Reception on arrival.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
26 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
27 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
28 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
29 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
30 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
31 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
1 June 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
2 June 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
3 June 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Property Office
Call 01568 780246

Upcoming events

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Once again the Cadbury Bunny has hidden precious Choccy eggs across Britain. Now it's up to you and your family to find them by joining the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt!

The Adventures of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle trail

Tue 03 Apr 2018
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was written by Beatrix Potter and first published in 1905. Relive the magical story and reconnect with nature as Croft starts to spring to life.

Sixteenth to eighteenth century music in the castle

Sun 08 Apr 2018
Join Frank O'Neil and Dr Richard Commander as they perform evocative music from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in the Blue Room of the castle.

Children on the Home Front

Sat 14 Apr 2018
Re-engage with traditional play, crafts and nature as we step back in time to 1918.

Food Economy Campaign with Miss M. Fergusson

Sun 22 Apr 2018
Help to win the First World War with Miss M. Fergusson!

Blooming bluebells

Tue 01 May 2018
Discover blankets of native bluebells in the wood pasture and along the carriage-rides in Fishpool Valley as you explore the historic landscape.