Heritage

Goodrich Castle, Wye Valley

The namesake of its English landowner, Godric, Goodrich Castle has origins dating back to the 11th century. Reconstructed by the French nobleman and half-brother to Henry III, William de Valence, in the 13th century, the castle was one of the finest examples of its kind at the time. Today, it remains one of best preserved of all English medieval castles.

With an active history spanning hundreds of years until 1646, when a two-month siege ended its defensive role, the castle has seen more than its fair share of turbulence. Heavily involved in the English Civil War, much of the destruction to the castle that can be seen to this day is a result of this single siege. By exploring the castle exhibition, you can find out what life was like in a medieval fortress and under siege, and even see the infamous 'Roaring Meg' that was used to attack the garrison.

Complete with exhibitions, gardens, lovely picnic area and hosting numerous events throughout the year, Goodrich Castle provides a wonderful family-friendly day out. Located above the River Wye at an important crossing point between England and Wales, you can be treated to breath-taking views over the landscapes beyond. Imagine yourself as the inspiring Joan de Munchesi who helped to transform the castle with her husband William or transform yourself into a noble knight protecting the keep.

A magnet for visitors from all over the world, it’s no surprise why so many are drawn here each year. You can even bring your dog with you into the grounds, so no one gets left behind. Whether you are enjoying a picnic in the castle grounds, strolling through the gardens or transporting yourself through time, there is something to discover and rediscover with every visit.

Once you’ve had your fill, a tearoom serving tasty refreshments is a welcome treat, and even includes a kid’s menu. For a little souvenir or gift, pay the castle gift shop a visit too.

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Goodrich Castle, Castle Lane, Herefordshire HR9 6HY | 01600 890538 | www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/goodrich-castle

 

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