Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, which granted certain women the right to vote for the first time. To celebrate this important milestone, we’ll be sharing the stories of some of Croft’s key women through objects and items in the collection, from the first weekend in May onwards. You can also discover what life was like at Croft during 1918 with a poignant display on the First World War in the Ambassador’s Room and living history weekends throughout 2018.
In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then. Big kids and little kids can enjoy 1950s games and toys in the family room, complete with costumes for dressing up.
Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Look out for the Georgian stable block and uncover some of the stories of how horses were cared for during the First World War.
Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views or follow one of the woodland trails and discover over 300 veterans trees along the way. Feeling energetic? Why not tackle the Orienteering course or let the little ones go wild in the natural and mini castle play areas. We’ve also embarked on an ambitious project to restore and revive the once Picturesque Fishpool Valley; a designed landscape in the midst of Croft’s ancient parkland. Discover how we’re repairing the dams, restoring historic structures and revealing lost Picturesque views on your next visit.
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