Goodrich Castle

Things to see and do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    All interior spaces at Goodrich Castle are currently closed, including the keep and chapel. The toilets and shop will be open as usual and the cafe will be open for takeaway. 



  • Visiting after 16 May
    Goodrich Castle’s interior spaces will open after 17 May, in line with government guidelines. This includes the keep and chapel.
    The café will be open with indoor and outdoor seating, and it will also offer takeaway. Goodrich Castle’s shop will also be open.
    The keep tower will be one household at a time, so there may be a wait at peak times to enter.
    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces. We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.
  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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.

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