A Tourist’s Guide to Herefordshire’s Finest Castles

Herefordshire is known for its breathtaking views, picturesque walks and attractions for all the family. However, there’s one thing that Herefordshire will always stand out for – and that’s castles. If you want to explore some of the UK’s finest castles, Herefordshire is an absolute must.

From stunning views of the River Wye to exquisite interior design and even activities for the kids, Herefordshire castles will never disappoint. If you’re planning a trip to the area, read on for a look at some of the best castles in Herefordshire and what they have to offer.


Goodrich Castle on a sunny day.


Goodrich Castle

Goodrich castle is renowned for the spectacular views on offer. Set in the stunning Wye Valley, visitors get a panoramic view of the River Wye and the surrounding areas from within the castle grounds.

It’s also one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England, with a rich history and plenty to learn. Visit the English Heritage website to learn more about the castle’s history before visiting or ask for an audio guide when you purchase your entrance ticket. Tickets cost £8.40 per adult or £5 per child but you can get a 15% discount if you’re in a group of 11 or more.

Who lived in Goodrich Castle?

The castle was first built by Godric of Mappestone in the 11th century and many have claimed ownership of it since. Richard ‘Strongbow’ De Clare added to the castle in the 12th century, while William De Valence made changes in the 13th century. Yes, the cider is named after him, with the majority brewed in Herefordshire.

By 1646, the castle was besieged by Colonel John Birch. During this besiege, it descended into ruins and soon became the subject of poetry and paintings for local artists. By the 20th century, the castle had become a well-known and enjoyed tourist attraction.

Is Goodrich Castle dog friendly?

You’ll be delighted to know that Goodrich Castle is fun for all the family – including your furry companions. Your dogs can enjoy a beautiful walk up to the castle and then happily explore inside the grounds. However, dogs are not allowed inside the tearooms. 


Looking up at Eastnor Castle.


Eastnor Castle

Eastnor castle comes straight out of a fairytale. The castle itself looks divine from afar but you’ll only really appreciate the true magnificence of the surroundings once you’re inside the grounds. Set on the edge of the Cotswolds, the castle is surrounded by lake and the beautiful Eastnor Castle deer park.

Herefordshire’s Eastnor castle has been the filming location for many noteworthy productions, including the 1969 film, ‘One More Time’, starring Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. The BBC also regularly make use of the castle for their productions. 

Can you get married at Eastnor Castle?

Although the castle is home to the Hervey-Bathurst family, it is also an exclusive-use wedding venue. However, the venue is so sought after that couples need to reserve their place at least one year in advance. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are held at the castle and couples can choose from an exquisite food and wine menu.

Can you take kids to Eastnor Castle?

Eastnor Castle has been hailed as one of the most child-friendly castles in the area. There are tons events planned throughout the year that families can enjoy together. Throughout the summer, for instance, Eastnor Castle has played host to a bush craft survival week, medieval living history camp and an air ambulance family fun day.

How much does Eastnor Castle cost?

The prices at Eastnor Castle vary, depending on whether you want to pay for general admission or you’re attending an event. You can also get a discount on ticket prices by paying online rather than on arrival. If you pay on arrival, tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £7.75 for children. These tickets allow you entrance to grounds and the castle.


Croft Castle and Parkland view.


Croft Castle and Parkland

Although the castle hasn’t always been in their hands, the Croft family have considered it their home since before the Domesday Book. Because of this, Croft Castle is filled with family pictures and memorabilia that allow visitors to travel back in time while looking through the wonderful archives. 

Adults and children alike will have fun exploring the history of the English castle, inside and out. For families, it’s a great place to experience the outdoors, with trees to climb, streams to splash in and wooden huts to build. When you’re done, choose one of the idyllic picnic spots to stop and take in the scenery before you continue your adventure.

Restoring Fishpool Valley

The funds that are raised by the castle are currently going towards a huge project that will restore Fishpool Valley. The hope is that Fishpool Valley will be another place for visitors to explore, steeped in 18th century history. Croft Castle is part of the National Trust so you can be sure that when you visit, you’ll be helping to preserve some of the finest historical structures and places to visit.


Travel back in time in Herefordshire

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