Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

In a nutshell

The 'Castle of the Rock' is one of the great historic attractions in Cheshire and makes an ideal family day out with the kids.


Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire CW6 9TX

Contact details

Tel: 0370 333 1181

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park details...

Put Beeston Castle at the top of your list of places to go in Cheshire; a lovely family day out is assured at the cliff top castle near Tarporley where you can enjoy spectacular views of eight surrounding counties.

Learn about the history of the ruins of the medieval ’Castle of the Rock’ built in the 1220s by Ranulf, Earl of Chester. The property consisted of an outer ward with an imposing gatehouse and curtain wall, and an inner ward, perched 500 feet above the Cheshire plain. Walk over the wooden bridge, look down into the ’ditch’ and into the castle grounds where you will find the visitor centre. Uncover the connection with the lost treasure of Richard II and one of the deepest castle wells in England. Unveil its connection in Welsh history and Ranulf’s relationship with his nearby Welsh neighbours.

Explore the woodland park with the kids and make your own adventures along the winding pathways through scenic glades. Look out for family events including living history encampments held at the castle, outdoor theatre, themed events such as Halloween and family craft activities.

Go armed with a picnic or enjoy hot and cold snacks and drinks offered at the castle. Family tickets include 2 adults and 3 children, under 5s have free entry. There is a parking charge of £3 in the car park opposite the castle main entry gate.

Please note there are high drops off the castle walls at the top and you should have young children at your side in this area.

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