Beeston Castle, or Castle of the Rock’ offers a great day out for all the family. From its spectacular views across the Cheshire plain, covering eight counties, to it’s history and woodland walks, this medieval castle really is a hidden gem.

Built in the 1220s, the castle has banks and ditches of an Iron Age hillfort, an imposing gatehouse, wooden bridge over an impressive ditch and one of the deepest castle wells in England. Plus it’s set in a 40 acre woodland park, with pathways, caves and picnic opportunities around every corner.

Woodland Park
With 40 acres of beautiful woodland to discover, the kids will be able to burn off some steam before enjoying a well deserved picnic. It’s a great place for walkers and nature lovers too, with well maintained trails to explore the wildlife, such as foxes, rabbits, bats and buzzards.
Beeston Roundhouse
An amazing replica Bronze Age roundhouse has been built using insight and tools gained from archaeological digs. It really helps bring the site to life and tells the story of Beeston Castles long and varied history
Visitor Centre
The museum covers the 4,000 year history of Beeston Castle, with fascinating artifacts to legendary stories, all helping bring the site to life. Tales of Richard II missing treasure and Ranulf, Earl of Chester’s connection with local Welsh neighbours really help kids engage with the history.
The Sandstone Café
If the weather’s not quite picnic weather, then sit back and relax with a delicious range of hot and cold drinks and snacks at the on-site café.
The Shop
The English Heritage shop offers a chance to reward well behaved children with a small gift and even some unique wines, meads and gin for the adults, obviously only if they’ve been good too!
Things to note:
  • Prices: Adults: £7.50, Children £4.50 (5-17 yrs), Concessions £6.80, Family ticket: £19.50 (2 adults and 3 children)
  • Opening times: Please check the English Heritage website for details.
  • Due to the steepness of the site, Beeston Castle isn’t recommended for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
  • Keep younger children close as there are some large drop offs throughout the castle
  • Throughout the year there are numerous family events held so do check the website for details. These range from living history encampments, outdoor theatres and family craft activities
  • Car parking is available opposite the castle entrance at a cost of £3.00


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