Goodrich Castle

Things to see and do

Castle under siege

Learn about the famous Civil War Siege; see the murder holes built into the castle walls and admire the stunning stained glass windows in the 13th century chapel. There’s plenty to learn about this fascinating medieval fortress, from its origins in the 11th century through to its dramatic fall in 1646. Read more of its history here.

Don’t miss the famous 'Roaring Meg,' the only surviving Civil War mortar and an interesting display about the history of the castle, including some Civil War artefacts from its 1646 siege, located at the Visitor Centre. Please note that the  'Roaring Meg' will be under cover during the winter.

Hear the history

Pick up a free audio guide and listen to Goodrich's eventful past as you stroll through the castle grounds. Gain an insight to the lives of the inhabitants of the castle and discover the story of a Civil War siege that partially destroyed Goodrich Castle. As one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles, imagine what Goodrich Castle was like in its prime as you explore the castle ruins.

Learn through our family trail

Discover what life was like, working and living in a medieval fortress in 1296, and pick up our free ‘As I was saying’ family game from the Visitor Centre. The game features nine cartoon characters of people who lived at Goodrich and you can choose how they might have answered questions – or make up your own cheeky replies!

Plan your visit using our Goodrich Castle Family Guide.

Nature and Wildlife

Climb up the twisty castle steps to the top of the tower and be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the Wye Valley, the River Wye and take in sights of both the English and Welsh countryside.

See if you can spot the wildlife, who call Goodrich Castle home, such as house martins, jackdaws, blackbirds, robins and more!

Tempting treats

Enjoy a fine selection of refreshments and light bites in the delightful tearoom. Try our delicious soup, a ploughman's lunch, sandwiches and hot snacks, jacket potatoes, cream teas and cakes. Children's lunch bags are available, along with vegan and gluten-free options. You can find allergen and nutritional information here.

As you finish your tour of the castle, why not visit the shop and grab yourself heritage-inspired memorabilia to remember your trip by such as gifts, books and more!