The Grounds2020-06-29T09:43:04+01:00

Hartlebury Castle Grounds

Walk in the footsteps of Royalty as you explore the Castle Grounds.  Promenade along the Queen Elizabeth Walk, created for her visit in 1575 and stroll along the Orchard Terrace as King George III and Queen Charlotte did in 1788.  Along the terrace you’ll also discover our 270 year old Mulberry tree, rediscovered during the restoration of the grounds in 2017 and amazingly still alive.

The Perimeter walk offers beautiful views of the Castle taking you across the Sunken Garden, Orchard Terrace and around the moat. It finishes in the peaceful Old Moat Coppice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big are the grounds?2020-05-28T11:49:49+01:00

Our grounds consist of the Carriage Circle, Sunken Garden and a walk around the Castle moat, leading you to the Old Moat Coppice. This walk takes approximately 45mins.

We have information boards around the site and will be introducing contactless trails. Once these are in place, we recommend allowing 1 – 1.5hrs for your visit.

How long does it take to go around the grounds?2020-05-28T12:01:17+01:00

With information boards around the site and contactless trails that we will shortly be introducing, we recommend allowing 1 – 1.5hrs for your visit. A simple walk around the grounds takes approximately 45mins.

Are dogs allowed in the grounds?2020-05-28T12:41:26+01:00

Yes. Dogs are allowed in the grounds provided that they are kept on a lead at all times.

Are your grounds wheelchair/pushchair friendly?2020-05-28T12:43:33+01:00

Unfortunately due to the nature and age of our site, our grounds currently include stairs to the main walk and uneven surfaces.

Is there seating along the walk?2020-05-28T12:52:47+01:00

There are benches in the Carriage Circle, Orchard Terrace and Old Moat Coppice for you to relax on. However, there are no benches along the walk around the moat due to the space of pathways.

Are all areas of the Castle now open?2020-07-03T11:17:03+01:00

To facilitate safe social distancing, the following upstairs rooms will remain closed in the Bishops Palace due to size/narrow access routes: Prince’s Bedroom, Maria’s Boudoir/Emilys hidden room, Hurd Library Interpretation Room & Chapel viewing room. All areas in the County Museum are open though some roomsets in the County Museum will be now only be viewable from the doorway.

Will your toilets be open?2020-05-28T14:30:19+01:00

Yes. Toilets will be open on site, operating a one household in at a time system. The toilets will be cleaned regularly by our staff.

Is your cafe open for takeaways?2020-05-28T14:52:16+01:00

While our cafe remains closed for now, we will be selling ice creams and cold drinks in the Carriage Circle (cashless payment only).
You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy in the Carriage Circle, however please continue to maintain a social distance from other households while doing so.

How much does it normally cost to go around the grounds?2020-05-28T14:44:53+01:00

Our Grounds admission costs are:

Adult – £3.50
Concession (over 60s & Students) -£3.00
Child (aged 5-16) – £1.50
Family (2 adults & 3 children) – £8.00

Family Grounds Annual Pass£20.00
Individual Grounds Annual Pass£10.00