In 1751 the 6th Earl of Coventry commissioned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to redesign his country seat of Croome. The project took over 30 years and established the principles of the “English Landscape Style” - an idealised vision of nature.
The gardens consist of winding shrubberies leading to ornate buildings designed by Robert Adam and James Wyatt. Brown also created an artificial lake, over a mile long. The wider parkland offers stunning views of ‘eye-catcher’ follies.
The park later slipped into decline, becoming reclaimed by nature. The National Trust acquired the park in 1996, and has now completed the first phase of restoration. Thousands of trees and shrubs have been replanted, the lake and river dredged, paths reinstated and garden buildings restored.
Croome, the first complete creation from one of England’s greatest designers, gives visitors a unique opportunity to see a landscape in the making.
Croome will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2006 and there is a full programme of events in place. Please contact the office or check the website for details of events or further information.
Croome is approx 8m south of Worcester and is signposted from the A38 and B4084. M5 – Jct 7 from North and head towards Pershore on B4084 or Jct 8 from South and head towards Worcester on A38.
Park & Church
Mar-Apr & 6 Sep-Oct: Wed-Sun 10am-5.30pm
May-Aug: Daily 10am-5.30pm
Nov-17 Dec: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
Open BH Mons. Last admission 30min before close. Church open in association with The Churches Conservation Trust.
Adult £3.90, Child £1.90, Family £9.50
Name and credits for images of Croome Park
Description of image - An atmospheric shot of the lake at Croome Park with trees reflected in the water and a hazy mist rising from the lake itself. Croome Park was Capability Brown's first complete landscape design.
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Credit for photograph: ©NTPL/David Noton
Copyright: ©NTPL/David Noton
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