Goodrich Castle - English Heritage

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 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

16 February - 20 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £6.40
Child (5-15 years) £3.80
Concession £5.80
Family (2 Adults, 3 Children.) £16.60

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.

Trial & Punishment

  • 3 — 4 August 2015 11am-5pm

Get set for a medieval adventure as you meet the suspected rotters standing trial for their dastardly deeds. This light-hearted look at justice from yesteryear will put you at the heart of the action as you help the judge to make his verdict. Are they guilty or not-guilty? Young jurors, you decide!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

English Heritage members Free
Adult £6.60
Child, 5-15 years £4.00
Concession £6.00
Family £17.20

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/trial--punishment-Good-03-08-2015/

Fighting Knights

  • 15 — 16 August 2015 11am-5pm

Join in the fun this weekend and journey back to medieval times with fighting knights and legends of old. Watch brave knights test skills in combat and get a flavour of their life as you try on armour and practice your knightly skills in the kids drills. Our weapon-wielding knights promise a great day out for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

English Heritage members Free
Adult £6.60
Child, 5-15 years £4.00
Concession £6.00
Family £17.20

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/fighting-knights-Good-15-08-2015/

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.

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.

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.

Goodrich Castle - English Heritage
Goodrich
Herefordshire
HR9 6HY
England

Website

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

Telephone

01600 890538

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