Goodrich Castle, is a fortified baronial palace situated above the
River Wye in the wooded valley of Symonds Yat in Herefordshire. It is made
of red sandstone and although a ruin it is an impressive site and much still
exists. From the car park there is a little walk to the main entrance but as you
walk across the bridge over the very deep dry moat you are drawn into a time
gone by and some free flying birds who have their home in the buildings. It is a
good photo opportunity, has an audio tour which gives a detailed account of its
history and goings on over time and can be visited all year round.
It's first owner is believed to be the English thegn
Godric, by 1102 it was known as Godric's castle. During the 11th century it
played its part in the wars of Stephen and Matilda and was taken over in 1216 by
Earl William Marshall of Pembroke. His 5 sons were all Lords of the castle and
died in tragic circumstances. In 1260 the Kings half brother Earl William de
Valance took over and he renovated the defences. In 1645 Sir Henry Lingen fought
a battle trying to hold the castle for the king, but he was finally beaten. It
was finally ruined by parliament in the 17th century and ever since has been a
Goodrich 100 years ago
like to see Goodrich Castle as it was around 100 years ago! There are 4 images
on the Herefordshire page within the Photochrome Project which you can access by
taking the Locations link in the side panel.
SO 577200 - OS
5 Miles south
of Ross on Wye off the A40. From the A40 going towards Monmouth road off on
the left after an impressive Gatehouse dwelling. Follow the signs into
From the road
taken into a large car park. From here you walk 400 yards along a drive to a
paved area outside the Castle with a ticket booth, and then over a stone
bridge which goes across the dry moat to the gatehouse. Grounds access via
steps, gravel or paved paths. Within the castle there are many steps,
staircases, uneven steps and narrow doorways.
Free large car
park 300m from castle entrance.
Visitor Centre contains exhibition exploring life at the Castle from it's
construction onwards. There are
toilets in the car park including Disabled ones. Off the car park area there is a lower level picnic area on grass
with tables. Limited Disabled access in the Castle (call for details). There
is also a shop.
Cafe open from March-October and weekends only
Things To Do,
See and Photograph:
ruin from many angles, both inside the courtyard and outside from standing
within the moat. From some high points and walkways within the castle walls
panoramic views of the surrounding countryside which includes the Wye Valley
hills and the River Wye meandering below.
What to take:
Tripod, grads for the skys
There are some
resident birds who nest within the walls and ruins of the castle. You may
also see butterflies in the adjoining fields depending on the time you
Best Times to
and 1 Sep-31 Oct Daily 10am to 5pm
1 Jun-31 Aug
Daily 10am to 6pm
1 Nov-29 Feb
Wed-Sun 10am to 4pm
Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage Members.
Non Members £4.90; Concession £3.70; Family £12.30
Restrictions and Copyright:
photography is allowed in all their grounds, it is not permitted in some
buildings for conservation purposes, usually a no photography symbol is
present on entry to the building where this restriction is in place.
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