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“Gorgeous - and that's just the outside”

Croft Castle and Parkland
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Yarpole
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

We picked here just in case it rained. Instead, we stayed outside even though it was. The estate is fantastic and following one of the waymarked routes up to the iron age fort was exactly what we wanted and the children needed - the views make it more than worth the effort. The return route took us through a natural play area (result!) and then the more formal play area next to the cafe (double result!). The formal gardens were another wonder, and it seems there was still a castle to see!
After a "do we, don't we" discussion, we did go around the castle - and good thing too. Just listening to the piano being played would have been worth it by itself.

3  Thank Mike A
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visited this property to see the war of the roses society who where there for the weekend. A beautiful setting and grounds. A long drive leads to the castle set in lovely grounds. Due to activities by the society we did not get chance to go inside the castle but we did visit the church and walled garden which were well worth a visit. We will certainly return again to see the property and also enjoy the grounds. There are picnics tables set out and also pretty walks to take, also a gift shop a d cafe. A lovely National Trust property.

Thank Susie2167
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went with my 3 yo son. It was medieval weekend. He loved the weapons display and especially the soldier training. He played on the fort in the play area but the area is quite restricted in space and no seating for parents, so no good if you have bad back and can't stand for long. I sat in my buggy! This meant that a lot of kids were running wild while parents were in the seating area at the cafe nearby- but where you cannot keep eyes on the kids. At one stage I did ask a 7yo boy to stop climbing out over the top of the turrets of the kids castle as he was encouraging other little kids to copy and he was 10feet up and it would of been down to me to pick up the pieces had he fallen, as there were no other parents about. Funnily enough he ignored me. I simply loved the walled garden and the deck chairs plus badminton set up was simply a wonderful thing to come across. We also went into the church which was full of character. We did not go in the house as anyone going singlehanded with a lively 3yo boy will understand, you are more worried about what they might do than take in what you paid to see. Anyway I will visit again to see the house sometime as it does look interesting. I think this was definitely a value for money afternoon out and the place is well run. Plus the loos were clean! So a thumbs up!

Thank BionicBanjo
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were staying in Worcester camping for a few days and decided to take a trip over to Croft Castle to see what it had to offer us. We were not disappointed.

The roads were a little twisty and the sat nav tried to take us to the exit rather than the entrance so worth looking out for the road signs when you get near.

We began with refreshments in the newly refurbished cafe which was up to the usual national trust standard with local produce including a nice selections of cakes. Also light lunches but we had brought a picnic. There is a lovely new castle playground for younger children next to the cafe. My 12 & 13 year old still enjoyed this but did get a bit stuck up the battlements.

Next off for a walk around the parkland. there are a number of walks to choose from but we just fancied a stroll so picked a shorter one. We were hunting for the larger natural play area that was more suitable for my to older children. Unfortunately it is marked incorrectly on the guide map and we managed to walk right past it. (we did get better directions from staff later on and managed to find it this time).

The walk brought us round to a view of the castle from the side. We enjoyed our picnic on the side steps and then went to explore the house. The interior is very pleasing and staff friendly and helpful. The new policy of the national trust of allowing the public to play on instruments such as pianos is great and my son entertained the other visitors (possibly) with his playing. About half of the house is accessible and there was a lovely dress up/ play area for younger children.

Right next to the castle is a chapel with a nicely carved tomb of the family. It was a nice quiet place to grab a few moments calm in. As we were short of time we repaired to the Nation Trust shop and treated ourselves to some goodies. Again a good selection of crafts and gifts and delicious sweet treats.

Off again to find the natural play area. It was worth the return walk. Lots of activities, rope swings, wire walks, meandering their way up through a lovely wood. Quite educational too - I learned how to identify a chestnut tree!

We didn't explore the rest of the grounds - the lake and walled garden to mention a couple of places. We just didn't have the that day.

Another national Trust house Berrington Hall is about 10 minutes drive away so if you have a national trust membership you can kill two birds with one stone and visit both. Not the best idea though if you are dragging children along with you :-)

1  Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The croft castle is a small, yet relaxing place to visit with friendly staff on a free to roam basis. We enjoyed the "ok to touch" on most of the exhibits. The walled garden is nice to walk around with plenty of activities for the children. The church is lovely to spend a relaxing few minutes. All in all a good few ours spent ,we linked the visit with nearby Barrington hall and would highly recommend visiting the too.

Thank Sharon D
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