Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust

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The Trustees of Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust are delighted to confirm that plans are in place to re-open the Castle and its grounds and gardens at Easter subject to the relaxation of Government restrictions. 

A huge amount of work has taken place since the site closed on 1st September. There will be a number of exciting new additions when we re-open including a family Nature Trail to explore and handheld audio guides in the house telling some of the stories of the people who lived and worked at the Castle.

The last year has been immensely challenging and the Trustees are very grateful for the ongoing support of volunteers, Friends and Members. The impact of the Covid-19 crisis will continue to be felt for many months if not years to come and the reality is that the Trust needs your active support now more than ever, to ensure the Castle's survival as a visitor attraction. One way you can make a significant contribution is to join our volunteers team. Applications for a wide range of volunteering roles are now being accepted and will be processed in March/April.

Chair of Trustees, Paul West, said:  "Whilst the next few months will continue to be full of uncertainties due to the pandemic, everyone at the Castle is looking forward to re-opening the site as soon Government restrictions allow and welcoming back visitors to see the exciting improvements we've made in both the house and the grounds since last September." 

"And the changes we've made to enhance the visitor experience should make the volunteering role even more rewarding than before, so we're hoping to recruit a good number of new volunteers to join the team.  In short, after a very difficult twelve months, the good news is that there's lots to look forward to at Hartlebury."


We are now accepting applications to volunteer at Hartlebury Castle.  We will begin to process these applications in March 2021

Best Wishes Chantel (Events Manager)

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Hartlebury Castle is a Grade 1 listed hidden gem that served as the Bishop of Worcester's residence for over 1,000 years. This magnificent building is home to the internationally significant Hurd Library, the Worcestershire County Museum and beautiful gardens and grounds.

Following major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hartlebury Castle re-launched in May 2018 as a new visitor attraction for Worcestershire.

Visitors can now explore rooms in the Castle never before open to the public, promenade along the reinstated Long Gallery, marvel at talking portraits, explore the historic grounds and unearth stories about the Castle and those who lived there.

The County Museum, which opened in the North Wing in 1966, remains an important part of the site, with stories and objects from Worcestershire's fascinating past featuring decorative arts, costumes and an outstanding transport collection including gypsy caravans.