Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

The grounds of Beeston Castle are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open but all indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are open?

    All the interior spaces of Beeston Castle are currently closed, this includes:

    • Roundhouse
    • Museum 

     

    The toilets and shop remain open.  

  • Visiting after 16 May

    Beeston Castle's interior spaces will open on 17 May, in line with government guidelines. At Beeston Castle, this includes inside our Roundhouse and our shop.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.

    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.

     

  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Beeston roundhouse

People have lived and worked at Beeston since prehistoric times and in the Bronze Ages it was an important defended settlement and metalworking centre. 

To help us tell the history of Beeston Castle, a replica Bronze Age roundhouse has been built using authentic tools and evidence from past archaeological digs plus the help of a dedicated team of 60 volunteers. The roundhouse is now open for all visitors to immerse themselves in all things Bronze Age. 

Find out more

Guidebook: Beeston Castle

Price: £3.50

 Timeline

Bronze Age (C 3500-2000 BC)Prehistoric Beeston

A bank is created at the base of the crag and the site attracts Bronze Age metalworkers.

Iron Age (C 1200-1 BC)Hillfort

The site is transformed into a substantial hillfort with earthwork defences.

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