Outdoor Space

Eastnor Castle

Shrouded in a thick cloak of trees and mirrored in a glass-like lake that lies within its pristine grounds, Eastnor Castle is quite the site to behold. A 19th century revival castle with Grade I-listed status, it was first conceptualized by 2nd Baron Lord Somers and built between 1810 and 1824. Still the beloved residence of Somers’ descendants, today this striking castle is also home to an extensive deer park, arboretum and a wealth of attractions for all generations to enjoy.

Gazing up at the grandiose façade of Eastnor Castle, you will struggle between first exploring its regal interiors, richly decorated with fine art, intricate tapestries and medieval armoury, and pouring through the resplendent grounds. But to really understand its history, a tour of the castle is greatly recommended as your first port of call. Aided by well-informed guides who man each of the castle’s rooms, you will be able to drink in the romance of the Great Hall, the relics of the Red Hall and intrigue of the Long Library.

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Having spent ample time exploring the rest of the castle’s rooms, including the State Dining Room, the Gothic Drawing Room, the Octagon Saloon and a number of lavish bedrooms, you can make your way outside to continue your discovery. Complete with a ‘Fun for Children’ booklet that is perfect for youngsters ready to burst through piles of leaves and watch clouds drifting across the lake’s surface, there will be plenty to keep your interest piqued.

 

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Wander the lakeside trails and marvel at the secrets within; below this glassy surface, the remains of the original family home, Castleditch, lie in watery slumber. Beyond, the 1 to 2-hour Tree Trail commences by the children’s playground and takes in the highest point of the grounds at the Summerhouse. Crossing the back drive, the trail then cuts the Valley Lawn, weaves along the front drive and turns left to Church Walk before heading back to the Portcullis.

 

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If you still have energy left, you can also visit Eastnor Castle’s Arboretum. Characterised by towering conifers, flourishing cedars and exotic trees that were planted during the height of Victorian horticultural experimentation, the grounds are a floral paradise. Thriving in the alkaline soil of the Malvern Hills, the collection of plants and trees here include specimens collected from botanical expeditions and specialist nurseries from all over the world. With a specially-designed Tree Hunters’ Trek, you are invited to follow in the footsteps of Victorian explorers and discover all manner of fascinating plant-life.

If you want to add a little twist to your visit, it’s also worth keeping an eye on the castle’s busy calendar of events, which includes a wide variety of family-friendly activities and occasions. 

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Eastnor Castle, Castle Office, Eastnor, Nr Ledbury HR8 1RL | 01531 633 160 | https://eastnorcastle.com/

 

 

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