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Explore Hartlebury Castle for free and discover the captivating stories about the Bishops of Worcester, the fascinating history of Worcestershire county and the wonderful wildlife around its grounds.

Home to the Bishops of Worcester from c. 850 – 2007, Hartlebury Castle is made up of the Bishop’s Palace sharing the stories of those who lived here, Worcestershire County Museum with its stunning exhibitions and collections, and its historic grounds offering a peaceful walk around the moat.

In addition to free entry, on Heritage Open Days you can also browse creative craft and delicious food stalls from local businesses, including chocolate, honey and handmade gifts.  Worcestershire Woodturners will also be selling their beautiful hand-crafted items.

Stalls at HODs (All local businesses!):

Art by K Hegenbarth
Marvel at wonderful wildlife paintings on wood and canvas as well as produced in a range of prints.
Bee man Dave
Delicious honey produced locally by a local beekeeper. Dave can also tell you a bit about Hartlebury Castle’s hives!
Bic Beaumont Art
Wonderful works by a painter and printmaker inspired by animals, folk and fairy tales creating original works. These are produced as greeting cards, prints, homeware and gifts.
Cosy Chocolate Company
Delicious flaked drinking chocolate, in a range of flavours, and single origin chocolate bars for extra indulgence. Perfect for the approaching colder months!
A variety of woodcrafts and upcycled creations, ideal a gifts or a new item of homeware for yourself.
Emily’s Jams
Award winning preserves produced by Emily. Explore a variety of delicacies including jams, chutneys, mustards and dressings.
Evendine Sourdough Bakery
Local, traditional and sustainable. Pick up a fresh loaf of sourdough bread, babka or facaccia, to enjoy on the day or when you get home.
Just Sew Jane
Stunningly sewn creations, ideal as gifts or decorations for the home.
Kind Senses
Relax and be uplifted by the scent of a homemade vegan friendly candle, made from a natural blend of waxes and infused with essential oils.
Peter the Bee and Friends
Select the perfect native wildflower for your garden. Wild flowers native to the area are a huge help to bees and other natural pollinators, helping them thrive.
Treat yourself to luxurious 100% handmade soaps, made using organic ingredients. Browse soaps, shampoo bars, shaving bars and gift sets. (Saturday only)
Wildjac Spirits
Discover a variety of locally produced spirits, including gin, rum and vodka.
Wychbold Fudge
Fabulously tasty homemade fudge, sold in a variety of flavours. Always popular with the customers!
Worcestershire Woodturners (including laithe demonstrations)
Browse a range of stalls featuring beautifully crafted homeware and gifts, all made by local wood turners.

Plus, children can get creative with hands-on craft activities (for a small charge).

No booking required, however if our buildings reach our current capacities (restricted to keep safe distances for you), you may be asked to wait outside in the open grounds.