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Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

Details

In the style of a Medieval Welsh-Border Fortress, Eastnor Castle was built in the early 19th century, by John, First Earl Somers, and is a good example of the great Norman and Gothic revival in architecture of that time. The Castle is dramatically situated in a 5000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills and remains the family home of the Hervey-Bathursts, his direct descendants.

This fairytale home is as dramatic inside as it is outside. A vast, 60 foot high Hall leads to a series of State Rooms including a Gothic Drawing Room designed by Pugin, with its original furniture, and a Library in the style of the Italian Renaissance, with views across the Lake.

The Hervey-Bathursts have lovingly restored the interiors and many of the Castle's treasures which have been buried away in the cellars and attics since the Second world War - early Italian Fine Art, Medieval Armour, 17th century Venetian furniture, Flemish tapestries and paintings by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Romney and watts and early photographs by Julie Margaret Cameron.

We offer guided tours during the day on MONDAYS & TUESDAYS throughout the year (except between 19th July–27th August when we are open to the public), subject to availability. The cost of a guided tour is £11.50 per person, based on a minimum of 20 guests and £11.00 based on 40 + as the castle will be opened specially for your group.

School Groups - We very much welcome schools to Eastnor Castle and can offer a guided tour aimed at the schools curriculum or topic. Quiz sheets and nature trails are also available along with the usual attractions of adventure playground and Knight's maze. MONDAYS & TUESDAYS term-time throughout the year subject to availability £7.00 per child. (One teacher free with upto six children - extras at group rate).

Groups can also visit on a non-guided basis when the Castle is open to the public. The cost for a group of 20 or more is £8.50 per person.

Attractions

Lavish interiors containing armour, fine art and tapestries
Knight's maze
Children's adventure playground and Assault Course
Eastnor Tree Trail and Children's Nature Trail
Lakeside and Woodland walks
Gift Shop
Children's Fun Worksheets
Kitchen Cafe Tea Room

Grounds, Lake and Park

The Castle grounds contain a famous arboretum of spectacular rare trees descending to a 22-acre lake. The Deer Park beyond, on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills, has been designated a Site of Scientific Interest within the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Castle Tea Room

The old Castle Kitchen is now a comfortable tearoom serving snacks, light lunches and delicious homemade cakes.

Incentives for coach drivers
Free entry and refreshment voucher

Incentives for groups
Free Admission for group organiser

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 733369  Lat: 52.02985 Long: -2.39043

Two miles east of Ledbury on the A438 Tewksbury Road only ten minutes from junction 2 of M50.

Parking: free

Nearest station : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Ledbury station

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality