Hartlebury Castle has been home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years. In 2007 there was a risk the site could be sold for development but it was saved by a charitable trust whose objective is "to preserve for the benefit of the people of Worcestershire and of the Nation, Hartlebury Castle, its gardens, grounds, parkland and historic contents including the Hurd Library."
Since March 2018 the Castle has been fully open for visitors to explore its wonderful state rooms, learn about the history of the occupants, marvel at the unique Hurd Library and stroll in the gardens and grounds. Visitors also have access to the wonderful Worcestershire County Museum.
But now this beautiful site and its precious history is once again under threat. The Castle has been closed since March 2020 due to coronavirus. The Trust relies on income from admission fees, events, room hires and the shop and cafe. Whilst closed, that income has dropped to zero but there are still fixed costs and bills to pay. Coronavirus could not have hit at a worse time - over the spring and early summer with their bank holidays and school holidays there were dozens of exciting events, workshops and tours planned. All these have had to be cancelled and vital income lost.
Although we expect to be able to open the gardens and grounds soon, the Castle is likely to be locked down for longer than originally anticipated. Even when we can reopen, it is clear that there will need to be operational changes to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe. It is likely to be many months before visitor numbers and room hires build back to pre-virus levels. As a small charity this poses an unprecedented threat to our existence.
Please help us to stay open to preserve this unique place and its fascinating history.
If you cannot afford a pledge you can still help by sharing this page, telling your friends, or making a promise to come and visit us when we can re-open.
Stay safe, and thank you.