There’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre and museum, it was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. The parkland, nearly lost but now restored, is great for walks and adventures with a surprise around every corner.
At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry. The 6th Earl was an 18th-century trendsetter, and today Croome follows his lead using artists and craftspeople to tell the story of its eclectic past in inventive ways. Explore four floors of the mansion, perfect for making new discoveries. Croome is home to one of Europe’s largest Georgian Walled Gardens.
During the Second World War and the Cold War years that followed, RAF Defford, the airfield built in the grounds of Croome Park, was one of the most secret places in the country. For it was at Defford that Airborne Radar was tested, developed and proven. Airborne Radar proved a decisive factor in Victory for the Allies.
Discover the secrets of the Second World War airbase wartime buildings which are now the Visitor Centre and museum.