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Eastnor Castle

   
Town/City : Ledbury
County : Herefordshire
Country : England
Post code : HR8 1RL
Phone : 01531 633160
Web Site :  www.eastnorcastle.com

Eastnor Castle was built in the early 19th century in the style of a medieval Welsh-Border fortress, by John, First Earl Somers and is a good example of the great Norman and Gothic revival in architecture of that time. It 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 castle is as dramatic inside as it is outside. A vast, 60 foot high Hall leads to a series of State Rooms and Gothic Drawing Room designed by Pugin, with its original furniture and to the Italian Renaissance style library which boasts magnificent views across the lake.

The Hervey-Bathurst family have lovingly restored the interiors and many of the castle's treasures which have been buried away in cellars and attics for 50 years - 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 Julia Margaret Cameron - are now on display.

Eastnor is available as an exclusive-use venue for corporate and private events, and there are twelve beautiful guest bedrooms available for groups who wish to include overnight accommodation in their programme. The hilly and varied terrain of the estate is ideal for adventure and teambuilding activities, including Land Rover off-road driving using over 30 miles of demanding test-track.

We are open from Easter and on the Sunday and Monday of the May Bank Holidays then every Sunday until the end of September and Sunday to Thursday during the 6 week summer holidays. (please see website for opening times).

Eastnor Castle is situated in the foothills of the Malverns, lying between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marches. The Castle is 21/2 miles east of Ledbury on the A438 Tewkesbury road.

Events Calendar 2018

Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April Easter at Eastnor Our legendary Easter Treasure Hunt around the castle and grounds. Chocolate for everyone who takes part and a chance to win an enormous Easter Egg! #EasteratEastnor
Castle & Grounds Admission Adult:

£12.00, Child (3-15yrs): £7.50, Family (2+3): £32.00 (Discounted tickets available online) 

www.eastnorcastle.com

Tue 3rd - Wed 4th April Runaround Days Children's quiz and activity check-list... let off some steam in the school holidays! Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 6th - Mon 7th May Eastnor Chilli Fest Now in its 7th year! All things chilli to try and buy! Live music, bars, hot food, children's cookery school, Chilli Eating Competition and cooking demonstrations. (Pre-booking is highly recommended as tickets are limited. Please see our website for details). #EastnorChilliFest Castle & Grounds Admission Adult: £12.00, Child (3-15yrs): £7.50, Family (2+3): £32.00 (Discounted tickets available online) www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 27th - Mon 28th May Vintage Eastnor A nostalgic family fun day! Line up of impressive Steam Engines, Tea Tent, Giant Garden Games, model steam engine rides, vintage carousel, chair swing and more! #VintageEastnor
Castle & Grounds Admission Adult: £12.00, Child (3-15yrs): £7.50, Family (2+3): =32.00 (Discounted tickets available online) www.eastnorcastle.com

Tue 29th - Thu 31st May Runaround Days Children's quiz and activity check-list... let off some steam in the school holidays! Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online) www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 3rd June Family Fun Day Family fun with garden games and a zip-wire on the Valley Lawn.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Mon 4th June Mellow Monday Enjoy a tranquil day at Eastnor and listen out for the sounds of nature. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 10th June Outdoor Theatre £ Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen A classic tale of romance and charm.
Theatre Admission Adult: £15.00, Child (3-15yrs): £10.00
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 10th June Archery 'Have-a-go' Archery sessions for adults and children. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Mon 11th June Mellow Monday Enjoy a tranquil day at Eastnor and listen out for the sounds of nature. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Fri 15th to Sun 17th June Malverns Classic £ DEER PARK EVENT A family friendly festival celebrating mountain biking, both old and new. A packed schedule of racing and entertainment for all ages with all the latest brands on display.
Info at www.malvernsclassic.com

Sun 17th June Herefordshire Wildlife Trust 'Hive' Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for information on bumble bees, butterflies and related craft activities. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Mon 18th June Mellow Monday Enjoy a tranquil day at Eastnor and listen out for the sounds of nature. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 24th June SOS Day
Enjoy displays from the local emergency services. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Mon 25th June Mellow Monday Enjoy a tranquil day at Eastnor and listen out for the sounds of nature. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Fri 29th June to Sun 1st July El Dorado Festival £ DEER PARK EVENT An intimate and enchanting boutique festival from the nation's favourite party starters, Cirque Du Soul. Info at www.eldoradofestival.com

Sun 1st July Wizardry & Magic Marvel at Magic Shows & learn some secrets in the Magic Workshops!
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 8th July Knights & Princesses School Medieval mayhem for the children.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 15th July Family Fun Day Family fun with garden games and a zip-wire on the Valley Lawn.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 22nd July Children's Outdoor Theatre £ The Midnight Gang by David Walliams A popular story from David Walliams.
Theatre Admission Adult: £14.00, Child (3-15yrs): £10.00, Family (2+2): £40.00
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 22nd to Thu 26th July Circus Skills
Clown around, learn to stilt walk, juggle and more...
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 29th to Thu 2nd August Make & Take: Air Dried Clay Workshops Create an 'air dry' clay creation to take home with you.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 5th to Thu 9th August Dinosaur Show Travel back in time with a life-like walking, roaring T-rex.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Thu 9th to Mon 13th August Lakefest £ DEER PARK EVENT The magical music festival returns for its seventh year, with four days of fun for the whole family. Camping and Glamping options are available. This year's fancy dress theme is 'Pirates!'
Info at www.lakefest.co.uk

Sun 12th to Thu 16th August Climbing Wall & Karts Have a go on the climbing wall and race around on a pedal kart!
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 19th to Thu 23rd August Survival Skills Have you got what it takes to survive in the wild? Make a shelter, start a fire and camouflage yourself. Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 26th to Mon 27th August Bounce & Boing Inflatable slide, obstacle course and bouncy castle.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Tue 28th to Thu 30th August Off-Roading with Land Rover
A chance to passenger ride around the Eastnor Land Rover off-road tracks.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 2nd September Family Fun Day Family fun with garden games and a zip-wire on the Valley Lawn.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sat 8th September Firework Championships £ DEER PARK EVENT A family event where 4 of the UK's leading firework companies each fire a 10 minute display to music and you get to vote for the winner. Bring a picnic or grab food on site. Camping available. Info at www.fireworkchampions.co.uk

Sun 9th September Mini Wildplay
Have fun with the Mud Kitchen, bug hunting, den building & rope trail.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £7.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.00, Family (2+3): £19.00
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 16th September Drinks & Nibbles
A selection of local artisan food and drink producers plus live jazz.
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £7.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.00, Family (2+3): £19.00
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 23rd September Autumn Antics Apple pressing, leaf art, making elf homes, bush craft & more...
Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £7.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.00, Family (2+3): £19.00
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 30th September Broomstick Making & Racing Every Wizard and Witch needs a broomstick to travel around on. Come and design, make and test yours! Grounds Only Admission (castle upgrades available) Adult: £8.00, Child (3-15yrs): £5.50, Family (2+3): £22.00 (Discounted tickets available online)
www.eastnorcastle.com

Sun 7th October Mud Bath £ DEER PARK EVENT Now in its third year at Eastnor; a filthy muddy trail race on the Land Rover test tracks and through the estate swamp! Discounts for groups of 10 or more runners! Info at www.RelishRunningRaces.com

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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