Goodrich Castle is one of England’s best preserved medieval castles. It sits on the summit of a spur of high ground overlooking the River Wye. Despite its location in the Welsh Marches, which often saw skirmishes between the English and Welsh across the border region, the late eleventh century-built castle did not experience conflict until the English Civil War. It was held by both Parliamentarians and Royalists with the latter surrendering in 1646 largely due to the threat posed by ‘Roaring Meg’. The powerful mortar is now on display in the castle grounds.