Goodrich Castle - English Heritage

Goodrich Castle - English Heritage
Goodrich
Herefordshire
HR9 6HY
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/goodrich-castle/

Telephone

01600 890538

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
An exterior view of Goodrich Castle

Goodrich stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. The castle was begun in the late 11th century, by the English thegn Godric who gave it his name.
Goodrich boasts one of the most complete sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving in any English castle.

A new visitor centre, cafe and shop opened in 2007. The visitor centre features a small exhibition which explores life at the castle from its origins in the late 11th century until its dramatic fall in 1646, and includes Civil War artefacts found at the site. The smart new cafe has lovely views of the picturesque surroundings, and serves a fine selection of light refreshments made from locally sourced Herefordshire ingredients.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

1-31 Oct daily 10am-5pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb daily 10am-4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

5.80/5.20/3.50/15.10

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Fighting Knights

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11am-5pm

Journey back to medieval times with fighting knights and legends of old. Watch brave knights do battle and get a flavour of their life as you try on armour and hone your combat skills.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Knights and Princesses Academy

  • 7 — 8 August 2014 11am-5pm

Join our academy for budding knights and princesses, with hands on medieval fun. Transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Robin Hood Recruits!

  • 14 — 15 August 2014 11am-5pm

Join Robin Hood for tall tales and archery demonstrations as he visits Goodrich Castle to recruit his band of merry men.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Weapons and Warriors

  • 21 — 22 August 2014 11am-5pm

Train in the art of combat and learn about what it takes to be a medieval warrior. Practice your fighting skills with a range of weapons and why not have a go at a hobby horse charge?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Life and Times of Lady Joan de Valance Discovery Visit

This medieval Lady guides you around the castle exploring its history, the reasons for its location and the lives of the people within its impressive walls.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 3, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 1½ hour session, available every weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19506 for more information.

Medieval Domestic Life Discovery Visit

An interactive guided tour - participate as you learn about the feudal system and how it affected everyone, from the farmer to the lord. Investigate medieval food and serve a feast to William Marshall, lord of the castle.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 1½ hour session, available every weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19506 for more information.

Meet a Medieval Soldier Discovery Visit

Venture into history with a costumed guide on a tour to fire the imagination. How did armies attack the castle and how did those inside keep them out? Discover medieval food, living conditions (including toilets!) medieval surgery and a glimpse into the dark world of crime and punishment.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Key Stage: 2, 3, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 1¼ hour session, available from January 28–30, Tuesdays and Thursdays in March, June 15–10 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19506 for more information.

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