Croft Castle & Parkland



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Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 100 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover. Sir James Croft bought the castle back in 1923, and visitors can explore the family photographs, read through auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. In the ambassador’s room you can discover the story of the Crofts and life on the home front during the First World War. Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards and vineyard, and take a peek inside the 1908 glasshouse restoration project. There is also a Georgian stable block. Stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views including the Brecon beacons, or follow one of the woodland trails and find over 300 veteran trees along the way.

Croft Castle & Parkland
Yarpole, CROFT, Leominster, HR6 9PW


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Parking, Braille guide, wheelchair, shuttle service, Tramper vehicle
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Castle open 15-23 Feb, 8 Nov-21 Dec 1-4.30; Mar-2 Nov 1-5. Castle tours 15-23 Feb, Mar-2 Nov, 8 Nov-21 Dec 10.30-1. Castle shop, tearoom, garden and play area open 15-23 Feb 10-4.30; Mar-2 Nov 10-5; 8 Nov-21 Dec 10-4. Countryside open daily

About the area

Discover Herefordshire

Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.

Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.

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