Penyard Castle, Penyard Park

Penyard Castle, Penyard Park, Weston-under-Penyard, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7QA View on map

The ruins scheduled as Penyard Castle are situated 1.5 miles south-east of Ross-on-Wye located across land managed by the Forestry Commission and land in private ownership. The ruins date back to the 14th century as a castle in the hands of the Talbot family that was believed to have been destroyed in the late 17th century. The ruins of the only surviving building are thought to be Medieval in part, possibly a part of the original castle's domestic ranges. The small surviving building has been extensively adapted using masonry recycled from the original castle and was inhabited until the early part of the 20th century. It is aligned north/south with gable walls at each end linked by walls on the east and west sides with a small ruined extension extensing outwards on the east side.

Opening Arrangements

Daily throughout the year during daylight hours. Access restrictions through surrounding woodland may be imposed when forestry operations are underway.


Penyard Park is south-west of Weston-under-Penyard near Ross-on-Wye. The property is located in woodland to the south-west of the privately-owned Lawns Farm. The site can only be reached on foot and vehicles must either be left in Ross or Weston. Penyard Park can be reached by public rights of way and public access is permitted in those parts of the woodland managed by the Forestry Commission. Penyard Castle (OS grid ref: SO 618226) is close to the centre of the northern edge of the southern part of the woodland with a steep climb to an unsurfaced path to reach the site from the unsurfaced forest track south of the site. Rail: Hereford (17 miles) Bus: Route 33 Ross to Gloucester via Weston-under-Penyard.

Parking Spaces


60-80 minute walk form either Ross or Weston-under-Penyard. OS map required.