School Visits

A climbable keep, a dungeon, arrow loops, murder holes and more make this quintessential castle a must for your curriculum. Explore on one of our free self-led visits or on one of our expert led Discovery Visits.

My pupils gained a lot from this living historical experience

KS1 TeacherHereford, following an expert-led session
Children playing in the Goodrich Castle courtyard
A large school group outside Goodrich Castle

curriculum links

  • KS1, 2 & 3: Local history study
  • KS1: How people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • KS2: How several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality, and history of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • KS3: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, Europe and the wider world from 1901 to the present day
  • KS4: Current GCSE frameworks and study of the historic environment
Children climbing the steps up to Goodrich's entrance

free school visits

At Goodrich you will discover:

  • One of the most complete sets of Medieval domestic buildings surviving in England
  • One of the key points of entry into Wales
  • Solid Norman keep and red sandstone curtain walls cut from the deep, dry moat
  • A gatehouse, towers, chapel, kitchen, well, dungeon, halls and garderobes - everything your pupils would expect from studying a castle
  • Study Civil War, Medieval monarchs and Countess Joan de Valance – the countess famous for entertaining up to 200 guests in her fashionable home
  • A castle perfect for the development of enquiry skills - interpret the ruins as a stronghold and a home

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A costumed volunteer talks to a group of children

expert led school visits

Our expert led Discovery Visit is delivered by our knowledgeable costumed volunteers, who bring this unique Medieval castle to life in a fun and informative way for up to 30 students.

  • A TIME BEYOND LIVING MEMORY (KS1, £100 per class): Your class will discover the differences and similarities between life in a modern home and a Medieval castle, look for clues to what the castle may have looked like before it was a ruin, and join in with medieval entertainment. Duration: 1 1/2 hours

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Children examine the towering castle walls

facilities for learning groups

  • Toilets
  • Gift shop on-site, we recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
  • Picnic areas outdoors
  • Free coach parking available

teaching resources

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Goodrich Castle Hazard Information Sheet

Goodrich Castle Hazard Information Sheet

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Goodrich Castle Discovery Visit TBLM Risk Assessment

Goodrich Castle Discovery Visit TBLM Risk Assessment

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Top 5 Activities: Goodrich Castle

Top 5 Activities: Goodrich Castle

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Timeline: Goodrich Castle

Timeline: Goodrich Castle

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Historical Sources: Goodrich Castle

Historical Sources: Goodrich Castle

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Glossary: Goodrich Castle

Glossary: Goodrich Castle

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Opening times for Education:

  • April to October - Monday to Friday during term time
  • November - Mondays and Fridays for Discovery Visits only
  • February half term to March - Wednesday to Friday

See For Yourself

See Goodrich Castle for yourself and get a feel for the site with a free Planning and Familiarisation Visit

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