Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle is a 19th-century mock or revival castle, around two miles from the town of Ledbury in Herefordshire.  This stately home continues to be inhabited by the original descendants.  The estate around the castle includes a large fishing lake, woodland walks, ice-house and beautiful countryside. 

Review: 

We had such a great time here!  As a venue it is fantastic but on the day we went they had an emergency services fun day which meant our kids were in their element! But remember this isn’t advertised but they do offer carer passes, and the person at reception did not expect ID. 

One of the best parts of the play area which is just to the side of the main castle. There is a great trail across wobbly bridges which goes into a tree area which the kids enjoyed.  There area is pretty much enclosed and its easy to see where they are.  The play equipment is pretty good with a zip wire, swing and a variety of things to climb in and on. 

It is optional to pay to go into the castle but as it was a little further from home we decided to have try.  The walkways are accessible and its clear which way you should be exploring, and areas not accessibility to the public are robed off.  One of our son’s favourite features was the stuffed African animals within the house. 

There are so many beautiful things to see within the house and the staircase is absolutely beautiful.  We would normally steer clear of heritage buildings but even though we didn’t spend much time inside it was worth it.

Once we had finished inside we decided to have a walk around the grounds which the kids loved.  There’s lots of see such as an ice house, nature based play area, water features and nature exploring. However, once you have left the main area there are no toilets, café/refreshments or sheltered areas, so just bear that in mind. 

The main area facilities around the castle include a tea room, shop and toilets.  I would pack lots of food, drink and snacks as the café queue was for hot food/meal as well as just trying to grab a drink or cake (pretty annoying when you have a child who wants the chocolate brownie pronto).  There is a smaller ice cream stall next to the shop but I was surprised there wasn’t more available as it was a specific family day (and a hot sunny day). 

It was a great place and I know they offer lots of seasonal events such as Easter Egg hunts and Christmas Santa visits, so its well worth a visit.