Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Beeston Castle is open to local visitors and Members within government guidelines. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces will be closed, but the grounds remain open. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers to protect the health of all our visitors, staff and volunteers. 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.

Please note that all of Beeston Castles indoor areas are currently closed until 2 December, including our shop and Roundhouse. Toilet facilities remain open and the cafe kiosk will be open for takeaway. 

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 will be closed until 2 December, this includes:

    • The Roundhouse 
    • Exhibition
    • Shop

    We hope to resume our normal winter opening from 3rd December, with the Roundhouse open to view as usual with social distancing measures in place.

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Shop – The shop will be closed
    • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.

    We hope to resume our normal winter opening from 3rd December, with Beeston Castle being open as usual with social distancing measures in place. 

     

    Plan your Visit

  • 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. 

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What's On

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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