From stunning views of the River Wye to exquisite interior design and even activities for the kids, castles in Herefordshire will never disappoint. Are you brave enough to climb high and mighty towers and delve into the deepest, darkest tunnels?
8 Castle Fortresses To Explore With Eventful Pasts And Murder Holes In The Walls
Herefordshire is known for its breathtaking views, picturesque walks and attractions for all the family. There is one thing that Herefordshire always stand out for – and that’s castles. Dive into the past and visit some of the most idyllic castles in Herefordshire. They are all completely unique in their own right with their own history, their own architecture and most of all, their own charm.
This trip into history will provide you with a physical link to the past, plus with the advantage of most visits remaining free or at little cost, you will no doubt have a fabulous time at one of these castles.
Goodrich Castle stands in open countryside above the River Wye, and is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history, spectacular views from the battlements and a delightful tearoom. Goodrich Castle promises a great day out for everyone.
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.
You’ll be delighted to know that Goodrich Castle is fun for all the family – including your furry companions. However, dogs are not allowed inside the tearooms.
An English Heritage site which is a charity look after the historic places and keep the Story of England alive for future generations
Longtown Castle is a powerful castle dating from the mid-12th century, characteristic of the Welsh borders, on a large earthen mound within a stone-walled bailey. The first castle on this site dates from soon after the Norman invasion and was built to control newly conquered Welsh territory and defend the English borderlands from Welsh raiders.
Dive into the life story of Longtown Castle and be amazed with the information you find.
An English Heritage site offering free entry during any reasonable time during daylight hours.
Hay Castle Trust aims to ensure the permanent preservation of this historic site. Development funding was awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2014 to help progress plans for the project.
Restoration will see the Medieval and Jacobean buildings rescued and conserved, as well as creating an exciting, multi-functional space to engage and inspire through arts, culture, history, education, and a range of heritage building skills and culinary training.
Hampton Court Castle started its journey in the early 15th Century. Set in the delightful Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by vast lawns, a stunning woodland backdrop, and magnificent award-winning gardens, the estate has an interesting and varied history you will have a lovely time exploring.
The castle is open to the public for guided tours during the summer months, which offer an opportunity to see some of the beautiful rooms that are still in use today. The castle is also used for some public events, as well as weddings and private functions.
Visit Eastnor Castle for an interesting and fun filled family day out. Nestled in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set in 5000 acres of parkland, a few miles from the medieval market town of Ledbury in Herefordshire.
This historic house is full of medieval armour and fine art and in the beautiful grounds visitors will find an arboretum and a lake with many spectacular walks, trails and views.
Eastnor Castle is very proud to be a Dogs Welcome tourist attraction and one of the few historic houses where dogs are welcome into its grounds and house.
Dog refreshment stops are scattered around the grounds where your dog can top up with a drink of fresh water. Dogs can enjoy a glorious walk through the arboretum and a stunning lakeside trail.
Wigmore was one of many castles built close to the England & Wales border after the Norman Conquest. Founded in 1067 by William Fitz Osbern, it was a major centre of power for over 500 years, and played host to several kings and queens. Indulge in the history that Wigmore Castle has to offer.
Clifford Castle is one of the earliest Marcher Castles, guarding a key crossing point over the River Wye between England and Wales, 2 miles north east of Hay-on-Wye. Primarily a military garrison from its construction at the end of the 11th Century, the castle fell into disrepair and ruin from the early 14th century.
To everyone’s delight, however, the remaining ruins give a good idea of what the original structure would have looked like in its prime.