Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Beeston Castle is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. It is a former Royal castle in Beeston, Cheshire. The castle is perched on a rocky sandstone crag 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain. It was built in the 1220s by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, on his return from the Crusades.

On a clear day, you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. There is a replica Bronze Age roundhouse, the remains of the castle plus a 40-acre woodland park all waiting to be explored.

The castle itself has one of the deepest castle wells in England. It is thought to be the hiding place of Richard II’s lost treasure. Sadly the castle is now a ruin but you can explore what remains today. There is also an exhibition which explores 4,000 years of history from the Bronze Age through to the castle’s decline in the English Civil War.


Further Information Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Is there food and drink available?

There is a kiosk where you can purchase hot and cold drinks. Snacks and ice-creams and bacon sandwiches.

What are the main things to do?

A ruined castle on a rocky outcrop with a Bronze Age replica roundhouse and 40 acres of woodland walks. There are toilets and refreshments.

What are the ticket prices?

Free for members of English Heritage. An adult ticket costs £9 without donation and children 5-17 £5.40. Under 5s are free and family tickets are available.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is a small charge to park, members park for free.

When are they open?

Beeston Castle is open for most of the year from Easter until October with limited opening over the winter. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Photos credited to English Heritage

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