Picturesque Tours of Fishpool Valley

Follow in the footsteps of William Gilpin and Thomas Johnes II on a Picturesque tour through Fishpool Valley. Learn all about our project to restore and revive the Picturesque elements of this beautiful and historic landscape.

  • Booking advisable
  • Free event (admission applies)

Ask your guide about the work that has been done to sensitively thin the woodland and enjoy newly opened up views across the valley. Find out about the repair work which is due to take place on the dams, which is crucial to the success of the project. This will create a flow of running water through the valley, bringing to life the sensory, 'Picturesque' experience.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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

Booking details
Call 01568 780246
Not suitable for children
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Your tour guide will meet you at Visitor Reception.
What to bring and wear
Remember to wear suitable footwear, as paths may be very muddy.
The walks are free, but donations are welcome and will go directly towards the restoration project.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
2 May 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
9 May 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
16 May 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
23 May 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
30 May 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
6 June 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
13 June 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
20 June 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available
27 June 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Property Office
Call 01568 780246

Upcoming events

Snowdrop the fairy trail

Sat 24 Feb 2018
See if you can help Snowdrop the fairy to banish winter from Croft on our family trail through the gardens.

Drawing classes with Matthew Wood

Sat 10 Mar 2018
Learn about Matthew Wood's artistic process and technique and try your hand at drawing some of the gothic interiors and far-reaching views at Croft Castle.

Mother's Day at Croft

Sun 11 Mar 2018
Treat Mum to a lovely day out at Croft, as the gardens and castle come springing to life.

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 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.

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.