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.

Prices

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

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £9.90
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £24.75
1 adult, 2 children £16.50 £14.55
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.65
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.35
Garden and grounds only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £6.60 £6.00
Child £3.30 £3.00
Family £15.00 £13.50
1 adult, 2 children £9.90 £8.90
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.75
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.40

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.

The basics

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

Times

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

Name
Property Office
Email
croftcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01568 780246

Upcoming events

Dungeons and Dragons trail

Mon 23 Oct 2017
10:00-16:00
Glendower the dragon returns to his lair at Croft this October half-term.

Hallowe'en spooktacular

Sat 28 Oct 2017
10:00-16:00
Don your scariest fancy dress and dust off your broomstick for a weekend of ghosts and ghouls at Croft.

Tales of the supernatural kind

Tue 31 Oct 2017
19:00-21:00
Are you brave enough to join our adults-only evening ghost walk around the castle?

A Christmas Carol trail

Sat 18 Nov 2017
10:00-15:00
Follow the magical trail around the frosty grounds of Croft and see which Christmassy characters you bump into along the way.

Croft's 1950s Christmas

Sat 18 Nov 2017
10:00-16:00
Step back sixty years to a 1950s Christmas at Croft.

Father Christmas's workshop

Sat 02 Dec 2017
10:00-10:15
Find Father Christmas in his magical workshop for the first three weekends in December.