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Goodrich Castle (Ross-on-Wye)
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Goodrich Castle (Ross-on-Wye)
Date: 20/09/01, updated on 31/05/05 (135 review reads)
Advantages: A place to let your imagination run wild!, It is set in beautiful surroundings
If you live around Herefordshire you will know about this already I’m quite sure but if you don’t or you find yourself visiting the area let me introduce you.
Goodrich castle, 5 miles south of Ross-on-Wye in beautiful Herefordshire is well worth a visit. I had been there many times with my three children as we often visited Ross where my parents lived. Every time we went we had a great time and I have so many happy memories of time spent there together, as I hope they do too.
As my ‘children’ are now 28, 26 and 21 they don’t really need me to take them on outings anymore, but my three foster children certainly do. My Dad still lives in Ross-on-Wye (though sadly my Mum has now died) so on a recent visit to see him we took the girls to Goodrich Castle for the first time. In fact none of them could ever remember visiting any castle before so this really was a new experience!
There is still quite a lot of castle standing; including a 12th century keep, infact I think more of it was accessible to the public than on previous visits. I went armed with my new digital camera (FinePix 1300) and had a great time taking shots of the castle, the children and the magnificent views. The castle overlooks the beautiful countryside and the winding River Wye, breath taking. The children loved going up into the high spots and down into the lower levels. Personally I managed to run up and down considerably less steps than they did, well I did have the excuse of wanting to take photos of them at funny angles!
The oldest parts of this red stone castle date back to the 12th century and there are parts from 13th and 14th century too. There is even a window put in to celebrate the recent millennium and it actually fitted in pretty well.
The castle is looked after by English Heritage and of course there is a charge to get in though they do a family ticket, which made the visit more reasonable. English Heritage also l
oan free headsets, which can be worn to give information about different parts of the castle as you go around. A small guide (that’s a book not a person!) is available for £2. They have a few souvenirs for sale, cards, pencils etc but they are certainly not pushed.
The castle is well signed locally and there is a large, free car park with picnic tables along side it. There are toilets and a shop selling drinks, ice creams etc. There is a little walk from the car park but it really is part of the visit as you catch sight of the views around and of the castle itself.
On a fine day it is a great place to visit, it is in such a relaxing setting yet there is space enough for even the most boisterous child’s imagination.
When you are walking round the castle look up from time to time and you will almost certainly see House Martins flying around or in one of their nests.
If you are strapped for cash it is worth taking a picnic to the car park and just enjoying being by the castle, honestly it is a lovely site! This place just holds loads of good memories for me and I’m sure if you visit it you will begin to make memories of your own. It is a place to let your imagination run wild and the kids too!
Entrance costs 3.60/2.70/1.80 or a family tickets (two adults and up to three children) £9
Tele: 01600 890538
Open 10-6 (differs out of season) ring to be sure
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