Goodrich Castle

Things to see and do

Welcome to Goodrich Castle

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Castle - The castle will be open with a one system in place around the first floor. 
  • Castle SE and SW towers - entry into the base of the towers will remain closed.
  • The Keep - The keep will be open between 10.45 am - 4.15 pm. 
  • Exhibition - The exhibition will remain closed.
  • Cafe - The café will be open for light refreshments.
  • Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop -  The shop will be open offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. We will be encouraging contactless payment. You can also visit our online shop
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site. 
  • Face coverings - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop and we recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. 
Book your visit

Castle under siege

Pick up a free audio guide and listen to Goodrich's eventful past. Learn about the famous Civil War Siege; see the murder holes built into the castle walls and admire the stunning stained glass window in the 13th century chapel.

There is plenty to learn about this fascinating medieval fortress, from its origins in the 11th century through to its dramatic fall in 1646.

Exhibition and Roaring Meg

Explore the castle exhibition, discover what life was like in a medieval fortress and see Civil War artefacts. From the exhibition you can climb to the castle to see the famous 'Roaring Meg,' the only surviving Civil War mortar.

There's also a cache of Civil War cannonballs, found at Goodrich in the 1920s.

Tempting Treats

Enjoy a fine selection of light refreshments made from locally-sourced Herefordshire ingredients in the delightful tearoom.

Try delicious homemade soup, a ploughman's lunch, cream teas and cakes. There is also a kid's lunch available, which includes a roll, drink, cookie and fruit.

'step into englands story