Beeston Castle dramatically commands views over the Cheshire plain, standing atop a large rocky hill.
We have driven past the signposts to Beeston Castle many times, and it's been on our To-Do list for some time, so at last, we popped along to visit.
We've never seen the castle from the main roads, but as soon as you start driving down the small country lanes towards it, the castle appears on the only large hill in the area. This is quite an impressive location for the castle.
The car park is just outside the entrance and is a Pay-and-Display car park, but it is free if you are English Heritage members.
After getting your tickets in the gatehouse, check out the model and information about the castle, as there isn't any information as you walk around the site.
This location at Beeston has been a place lived in for at least 4000 years. It was originally a hill fort, and English Heritage has re-created a Bronze Age roundhouse, which is like the houses that would have covered the top of the hill before the castle.
There are around 40 acres to explore, and the lower section at the level of the entrance has some caves to explore.
There is a cafe, but this area is great for picnics.
As you head up the hill, you get to the outer wall of the castle. There are lots of lookout points to explore as you walk around the outer walls, though keep an eye on your kids, as there are some big drops. And don't let them climb on the walls.
Like all good castles, there's an outer castle wall and an inner one. The inner castle is further up the hill.
The castle's builders dug a huge trench across the hill so that you could only access this inner castle via a drawbridge.
At the top castle, it was quite windy, but with plenty of amazing views.
While there isn't as much for kids to see and do at Beeston Castle as some other larger castles, there are regular family events put on.
There is a shop with some interesting items you find at English Heritage, including some unique Wines, Meads, and Gins.
It is a fantastic location and a great place to take the kids to burn off some energy and get their imaginations going, take a picnic, and stretch the legs :-)
On The Map
Chapel Lane, Beeston
Cheshire West and Chester