When you donate to Hartlebury Castle, you support the charity that is fighting to preserve it, Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust. Costs are rising, but your generosity helps us to keep the Castle open and look after its collections, so that visitors can learn its fascinating stories and enjoy its peaceful grounds. Every penny goes towards saving this slice of history for the future.

Your donation helps to preserve:

The Hurd Library

This beautiful library is the only Anglican bishop’s library with its books remaining on the original shelves in the room built for it. It contains everything from the collections of Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester to volumes annotated by the poet Alexander Pope, and from the magnificent coloured plates of flowers in William Curtis’s Flora Londinensis to stunning drawings of Worcester Cathedral by James Ross.

Without your support, the Hurd Library would be lost to history with its books removed from the great room that is its original, intended home.

The stories of the Bishops of Worcester

The Bishops who lived in our Castle for over a thousand years weren’t just religious figures of the past; they were real men with their own, enlightening stories. Their lives were linked to our country’s history and many names you might just recognise…

Your donation keeps our Bishops’ stories alive so that the past can inspire and teach future generations.

Click through to learn more about four of our Bishops.

Family memories

Local people have been visiting Hartlebury Castle for generations, stepping into another time and enjoying days out with their loved ones.

No matter how small, your gift makes a difference to our charity’s mission of providing an unmissable visitor experience and fantastic events for the local community. This means that people of all ages can continue to make wonderful memories and create new stories together.

Support Hartlebury Castle by donating online:

Or text to donate

To donate £1, text CASTLE to 70201
To donate £3, text CASTLE to 70331
To donate £5, text CASTLE to 70970
To donate £10, text CASTLE to 70191

We are immensely grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and to all our other funders for helping us to make Hartlebury Castle the visitor attraction it is today. However, now – as an independent charity – we have to be self-sufficient and generate enough income to cover the substantial costs of maintaining and running this wonderful heritage site.

* Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). For Terms & Conditions, see


This is your opportunity to get more involved and help us even further, turning Hartlebury Castle into something truly special. We couldn’t manage without our fantastic volunteers and we’re always looking for new people to join our friendly teams. All you need is enthusiasm and a smile! There are a variety of roles available with different commitment levels required.