Things to do at Goodrich Castle review
Goodrich Castle is a Norman medieval castle ruin located north of the village of Goodrich in Herefordshire. It is one of the finest and best-preserved of all English medieval castles and it is maintained by English Heritage.
The stone keep was built in the middle of the 12th century and then expanded significantly in the late 13th century combining luxurious living quarters with extensive defences. Its ruin was caused by damage inflicted during the English Civil War. The castle stands in open countryside above the River Wye.
When you arrive make sure you pick up a free audio guide to help guide you around the castle’s eventful past. You can learn about the famous English Civil War Siege and see the murder holes that were built into the castle walls. There is even a 13th century chapel with a stunning stained glass window. The castle has an exhibition that tells what life was like. You can then climb the castle to see the famous ‘Roaring Meg’, the only surviving Civil War mortar and benefit from excellent views.
The castle holds many family-friendly events during the school holidays.
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FAQ and Further Information Goodrich Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Large ruined castle with lots to explore including high up views, an exhibition and other activities. There are toilets and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £9.00 without donation, children 5-17 £5.40. Other pricing options including family tickets are available. Please note they sell tickets at different prices with off-peak, standard and peak tickets.
Is there parking?
There is a large car park next to the castle, charges apply to nonmembers. The path to the castle can be muddy in places.
When are they open?
Goodrich Castle is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the site.
Are they accessible?