Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Things to see and do

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 Castle

The Castle

Climb to the top of the castle and peer down into the spiralling well below.

This is one of the deepest castle wells in England, steeped in legend as the hiding place of Richard II's lost treasure.

Thought to be buried here in 1399, the treasure has been missing for centuries despite many attempts to find it.

Woodland walk

Enchanting Woodland

Enjoy the fresh air as you wander along the winding woodland paths surrounding the castle. The beautiful habitat and surrounding Cheshire landscape is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers.

Beeston is home to a wide variety of wildlife from foxes, rabbits and bats to buzzards and even peregrine falcons.

Beeston Castle exhibition

Exhibition

Re-live 4,000 years of history as you explore the fascinating 'Castle of the Rock' exhibition.

Travel through time from the Bronze Age to Beeston's glory days as a medieval fortress to its ultimate decline in the Civil War.

What we see today is a picturesque ruin of a once formidable castle as captured by Turner in his 1809 painting.

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