Goodrich Castle

Schools

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 immersive learning activities.

Our Discovery Visits have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

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. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • CASTLE: Outdoor areas of the castle will be open to explore; please split students into groups of 20 for self-led activities to help us maintain visitor flow around the site. The Keep will be open but access is limited to small groups, enquire at the site with specific access requests.
    • PARKING: Parking available on site close to the visitor centre.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets available on site.
    • LUNCH: Picnic areas are available on site. Light refreshments can be purchased from the café. 
    • SHOP: The shop sells a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your class in small groups at a time. Alternatively, goody bags can be ordered directly from the site in advance - to be paid by card on the day by the teacher or group leader.
  • 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. Teachers’ Kits also include key site information, facilities and plans.

    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.

  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • November: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • December-January: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 1 February-17 February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • 18 February-26 February: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • 27 February-31 March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
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