School Visits

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A climbable keep, a dungeon, arrow loops, murder holes and more make this quintessential castle a must to support your teaching of the curriculum. Explore on one of our free self-led visits or book an expert-led Discovery Visit for a hands-on learning session for your class.

Curriculum links

Support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, with a visit to Goodrich Castle.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places; study of castles
  • KS1-3 History: Local History Study
  • KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2-3 Geography: Understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
  • KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

Free Self-led Visits

At Goodrich Castle you will discover one of the most complete sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving in England, at one of the key points of entry into Wales. Explore the Norman keep and red sandstone curtain walls cut from the deep dry moat. See the gatehouse, towers, chapel, kitchen, well, dungeon, halls and garderobes - everything your students would expect to find in a castle. Study the Civil War, medieval monarchs, Countess Joan de Valance, famous for entertaining up to 200 guests in her fashionable home, and develop your students' enquiry skills, interpreting the ruins as both a stronghold and a home.

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Let our experts bring this medieval castle to life for your class with a fun and interactive Discovery Visit. On a guided tour of Goodrich Castle with one of our knowledgeable costumed volunteers, your students will imagine what life was like in the 13th century, with hands-on learning activities.

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking available on site close to the visitor centre.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets available on site. 
    • LUNCH: Picnic areas on site. Teamroom is located on site, available for use by all visitors. 
    • SHOP: Gift shop located within the visitor centre. We recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time.
  • Discovery Visits

    Our Discovery Visit Guide provides you with everything you need to know about our expert-led Discovery Visit at Goodrich Castle. This guide includes a breakdown of the learning objectives and details on how to prepare for the session, plus a ready-made Risk Assessment, to take the hassle out of planning.

  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

    With all history GCSEs now requiring a study of the historic environment, we’ve also created a site proposal form to help you with your planning in conjunction with OCR.

  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • During February half term: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • After February half term to March: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November to February half term: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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