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Family fun at Croft Castle

Family holding hands approach the gatehouse at Croft Castle, Herefordshire.
Family approach the gatehouse at Croft Castle, Herefordshire. | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

With natural play, ancient woodlands, secret gardens and a homely castle, Croft has everything you need for a fun family day out.

May half term

25 May - 2 June

This May half term, enjoy exploring Croft Castle with our children's trail (£3 per trail, prize included). More details coming soon.

Family-friendly things to do in the parkland

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Get your kids closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art. Why not download a copy of the '50 things' guide to bring along with you? There are 50 activities to try as a family outdoors which can be used over and over again.

Play areas

There are two play areas at Croft, the mini-castle play area which is situated just outside the Carpenter’s tea-room and suitable for younger children to run, jump and climb around as they pretend to be the king of the castle. Families can also run wild in our natural play area, complete with stepping logs, a den building area, rope swing and giant noughts and crosses.

A family playing outside at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey
Explore the ancient woodland at Croft Castle | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Family walks

There are several walks which run through the 1500-acre estate. Families with younger children may wish to explore the newly revived Fishpool Valley where water cascades through the woods from pool-to-pool. Older children may enjoy the challenge of trekking up Croft Ambrey, an Iron Age hillfort, to enjoy the wonderful 360˚ views at the top.

Family friendly things to do in the castle and garden

Step back in time inside the castle and have a go at spotting trails during the school holidays. Our volunteers can show you some of the fascinating objects we look after.

Don't forget to explore the gardens, including the homely walled garden, and see who's checked into the giant bug hotel. Spot every colour of the rainbow in the beautiful flower beds and see if you can find bees and butterflies feasting on the nectar of flowers.

This is the perfect spot for a picnic or to enjoy your takeaway snacks from the Carpenter's tea-room, including hot snacks and drinks to warm you up after you've explored the parkland and gardens.


Baby-change facilities can be found in the disabled toilet near the tea-room. Please ask at the tea-room for the key. Breast feeding is welcome anywhere you feel comfortable, or if you'd like a little privacy, please ask.

There's lots to choose from for your little ones in the cosy Carpenter's tea-room, with smaller portions and high chairs also available.

Close-up of a girl holding a sandwich close to her mouth

Eating and shopping at Croft Castle 

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.

Dog walking on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Visiting Croft Castle with your dog 

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.

A family in the Lower Garden with tulips at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Family-friendly places to visit 

There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.

A family enjoying Easter trails and sunshine at Ickworth, Suffolk

Family-friendly places to visit in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. 

From adventures in nature, outdoor trails and welly wanders, to seasonally inspired crafts, activities and games, there are lots of events and activities on offer with the National Trust in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Two girls exploring the woodland trails at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ 

Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.