Goodrich Castle, Goodrich

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With a history so deep that precise details about who built it are unknown, Goodrich Castle offers more than just a view of the River Wye and its valley. Take a mental trip into the day-to-day lives of the castle’s former peasants by checking out the domestic buildings, a well-preserved, nearly complete set. This castle was a mighty force to be reckoned with in the English Civil War; the “Roaring Meg” mortar was built for the express purpose of bringing it down. See the cannon itself and the cannon balls that did the job on site, then take the free audio tour to hear the whole story of the siege. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Goodrich Castle and many more Ross-on-Wye attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Ross-on-Wye road trip tool .
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  • We were really impressed with the castle. There was plenty to look at and explore. It is dog friendly, as long as they are on a lead. It is a little on the expensive side. We are National Trust life m...  more »
  • Lovely ruined castle to spend a few hours walking around. We walked round in the rain but it didn't detract us enjoying the place. A good place for all the family to visit. Lovely cafe selling lovely ...  more »
  • We had a fantastic few hours exploring this historic castle. We are members of English Heritage so we didn’t need to pay to enter. The staff were very welcoming and made a big fuss of our dog. The fre...  more »
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  • The castle itself may be in ruins, but its spirit is very much alive. Even if there weren't a legend that this castle belonged to some long ago relatives of mine, this would still have been one of my favorite places we saw on this trip. It is so much fun to explore and the views are simply stunning. Unlike so many other castles, ruins or intact, that one might visit, there is hardly any area off limits. You can take the stairs down to the moat, into rooms in skeletal condition, but with remembrances of what they once were, or even up the keep, to the very top to see what you can see. You can even go inside the walls a little bit to see what the guards might have seen. I did not listen to the audioguide much as I was mostly chasing my toddler around the place, but it is also included in admission. A wonderful place to explore, and to let your imagination and children roam (within reason of course, but you don't feel someone is going to shush you for shuffling your feet here, so that's nice).
  • English Heritage know a thing or two about how to make these places informative and interesting. .. and this properly splendid castle ruin is one such place. Use the portable audio guide ( remember to ask for some earpieces or ur arm will drop off) and scurry around learning all that's to know! And there is a lot of this castle left unlike others...which is a bonus.
  • Found this place by accident, and so glad we did. Spend several hours looking at the sights and wondering the castle grounds and enjoying the scenery. Worth a visit for anyone
  • I have known Goodrich castle since junior school. It is a fine castle built on a bend in the river Wye. It's location is spectacular and you can enjoy impressive views over part of the Forest of Dean and the Wye as it meanders it's way through the countryside. The castle is a spectacular ruin with enough structure remaining to enable you to imagine what it must have been like as a home. English Heritage have built a very nice shop come coffee shop at the entrance which it is also worth spending time in. The car park, owned by a local farmer, is protected by a camera system, is tarmac and of ample size.
  • Lovely old castle great views from it down and up the why valley can understand why it was a great location for such a castle it's a bit out of the way but well worth a visit car parking is easy cost £1 entry fee is between £8 & £9 but this includes the full audio tour as well for each adult. It is owned and maintained by English heritage it has disabled access as well. On site shop plus small nice cafe good food & drinks. Just outside the village which has some fantastic old buildings plus a very good hotel for those that want to stay and who would not in this great area of great walks and bike rides off hidden secrets behind every corner and 🌲 we will be coming back when the warm summer months return as well for those walks and rides too.
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