"Croft Castle" Ludlow Things to Do Tip by Andrew_W_K

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  Croft Castle, Herefordshire
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  • Croft Castle, Herefordshire - Ludlow
      Croft Castle, Herefordshire
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      St. Michaels church, Croft Castle
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      Yarpole belltower
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A few miles south of Ludlow and over the county border in Herefordshire is Croft Castle.
Not really a fortified building (although originally there was a Norman motte and bailey here) the castle we see today is a country estate run by the National Trust.
The Croft family have lived here for 1,000 years and the history of the family and the house is varied and interesting. The interior is all oak panelling and family portraits (including a fine example by Thomas Gainsborough).
There is a church adjacent to the castle that has served the Croft family since the 13th century and has a fine altar.
You can walk around the grounds and woodlands.
As with all National Trust properties there is a shop that sells local produce as well as souvenirs and there is also a tea shop and toilet facilities.
Admission for adults as at March 2010 is 7.50 for the house and grounds or 4.20 grounds only. Check the website for up to the minute prices.
When you exit Croft Castle head for the village of Yarpole about a mile or two away and the Norman bell tower that is one of the oldest wooden structures in Britain dating back to the 10th century.

Address: Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW
Directions: About 6 miles south of Ludlow off the main Leominster road, the castle is well signposted.
Phone: 01568 780246
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-croftcastle/

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2010
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