Opening times for 8 December 2023
Asset Opening time Castle Closed Garden 10:00 - 16:00 Park 10:00 - 16:00 Tea-room 10:00 - 15:30 Second-hand bookshop 10:00 - 16:00
Last entry to the castle is 30 minutes before closing. On weekdays from November 6 2023 to December 22nd 2023, the castle will be open for guided tours only.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the garden and parkland. Dogs are not allowed in the house.
Partly accessible grounds, loose gravel paths, cobbles and some steps. Blue Badge parking and drop-off point. Accessible toilet. Ground floor of castle accessible. Mobility scooters for hire.
Accessible route and/or map
Accessible maps can be collected from visitor reception.
Level access to food outlet
There are two unisex accessible toilets on site. One near the main tea-room and another inside the castle.
Powered mobility vehicle available
There are two single-seater powered mobility vehicles. Booking is essential for both; you can book by calling 01568 780246.
Braille (guide or menu)
Braille guides are available in the castle.
The first floor of the castle can only be accessed by a staircase. Parts of the parkland have uneven terrain, natural paths and steps.
Separate mobility parking, 30 metres from Visit Reception
Shuttle service from Visitor Reception to tea-room, castle and second-hand bookshop
To book a virtual tour session, please call 01568 780246.
There is one manual wheelchair available for loan and two single-seater powered mobility vehicles. Booking is essential for both; you can book by calling 01568 780246.
Large print (guide or menu)
Large print guides are available in the castle.
Approach from B4362, turning north at Cock Gate between Bircher and Mortimer's Cross: signposted from Ludlow to Leominster road (A49) and from A4110 at Mortimer's Cross.
Parking: 100 yards
Sat Nav: use HR6 0BL
Leominster 7 miles
from Ludlow to Hereford (passing close Ludlow train station and Leominster), alight Gorbett Bank, 2¼ miles
Winter hours at Croft Castle
From 6 November, Croft will be open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. For the castle, only guided pre-booked tours are available. Fully open on weekends. For detailed information, please check the 'Opening Times' tab at the top of this page.
Croft Castle is a two pawprint rated place. You and your dog can explore 1,500 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens at Croft Castle.
With over a thousand years of history, a cosy walled garden and 1,500 acres of parkland, there’s so much to discover and learn on a group visit.
Castellated 17th-century manor house and home to the Croft family for many centuries, including present day.
Colourful herbaceous borders, secret garden and walled garden, complete with small working vineyard, historic apple trees and glasshouse.
1,500 acres of historic parkland, with woodland, farmland, picturesque Fishpool Valley, Iron Age hillfort and ancient trees.
Castle play area and natural play area
Castle play area for younger explorers opposite the tea-room. Natural play area in the parkland, complete with rope swings and balance beams.
St Michael and All Angels church is opposite the castle and still used today as a parish church. Parts of the church date back to the 12th century.
Light and airy tea-room serving snacks, sandwiches, cakes, pasties, ice creams and hot and cold drinks. Seating indoor and out. Dogs welcome in glazed area.
Bookshop in the stables, packed full of pre-loved fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and children's books.
Make your Christmas magical with our after dark winter lights show at Croft Castle in Herefordshire.
Experience a traditional Christmas at Croft this year with twinkling trees and cosy décor inside the castle and winter illuminations throughout the garden.
Join us for an enchanting group storytelling session with Father Christmas on either Saturday, December 16, or Sunday, December 17. Each child will receive a small gift.
Croft Castle was noted in the Domesday book in 1086 and the Croft family have played a part influencing British political and military history ever since. Uncover their stories in the castle.
Discover the garden at Croft Castle, taking in the historic orchard within the walled garden, or listen to the birds in the church garden.
Explore 1,500 acres of wood, farm and parkland including the 'Picturesque' Fishpool Valley and an Iron Age hillfort at Croft Castle.
With ancient woodlands, secret gardens and a homely castle, Croft has everything you need for a fun family day out.
A long woodland walk taking in the River Lugg – a Site of Special Scientific Interest – some ancient trees and the old bridge that was part of the original approach to the castle.
A ramble through fields and woodland, a circuit of Croft Ambrey Iron Age hillfort, then back to your starting point via the outskirts of the picturesque Fishpool Valley.
Discover this historic landscaped valley with its chain of dams and pools, carefully planted trees and architecture such as the icehouse, grotto, pumphouse and limekiln.
Explore the historic paths and woodland of Fishpool Valley, take in views over the landscaped pools and visit the remains of the summerhouse, icehouse and Gothic pumphouse.
An enjoyable stroll through the fields, taking in ancient trees including an avenue of chestnuts and the 1,000-year-old Quarry Oak, as well as a medieval church.
Tuck into some lunch and light bites in the Carpenter’s tea-room at Croft Castle, or visit the second-hand bookshop to find yourself a pre-loved classic.
A gothic-style former gardener’s cottage tucked away in the walled garden of Croft Castle.
Making up half of the arch, this unique holiday cottage has views across Capability Brown designed gardens.
Join us on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December for an artisan shopping weekend where you can shop for unique Christmas gifts inside the festively decorated castle.
Situated on the English-Welsh border, Croft is a quiet, ancient place steeped in British history and politics with a picturesque castle and medieval parkland re-fashioned during the 18th century.
Surrounded by 1,500 acres of woods, park and farmland. Take a way marked walk to discover an abundance of nature at this special place.
The two acre walled garden is a wildlife haven, attracting butterflies, bees, birds and insects. It is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons, with daffodils and blossom in spring, roses and wisteria in summer and apples in autumn.
Discover more about an oil painting by John Constable of Elizabeth Lewis, the second wife of Rev. Sir Herbert Croft, 5th Baronet and how it came to be at Croft Castle.
Discover the conservation work preserving the historic castle at Croft.
Vital work is ongoing to conserve Croft’s historic parkland for future generations.
Learn how the ‘Picturesque’ Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle was restored to its former natural glories.