The medieval ruins of Beeston Castle stand on a rocky summit 500 feet above the Cheshire plain, with splendid views extending for 30 miles in all directions. The castle built in the 1220s by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, consisted of an outer ward with an imposing gatehouse and curtain wall, and an inner ward, which contained the most important accommodation but was never completed. What we see at Beeston today therefore represents the brooding hulk of a major medieval fortress without its domestic buildings.
Crowning a rocky crag and boasting spectacular views, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. On a clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 4,000 year history, a replica Bronze Age roundhouse and a 40-acre woodland park, Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy.
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Walks around Beeston Castle
There are two lovely walks within the castle grounds: one to the summit and its breathtaking panoramic views, and the other around the base of the crag inside the perimeter wall.
Beeston Castle Car Park
There is a charge of £3.00 for the car park which is opposite the entrance, try to take correct change for this. It is free for English Heritage members. Approx 100 parking spaces (more on event days)
Eleven miles south east of Chester, on minor road, off the A49.
Public Transport Directions
Bus- GHA service 83 (Tue) to Beeston; Otherwise GHA service 56 (Thu & Sat) to Bunbury Heath (then 1-mile walk) or Arriva service 84 to Tarporley (2 1⁄2 miles)
Train to Nantwich, bus to Castle Hotel, 23-minute walk (1.1 miles)
Beeston Castle, Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX
Telephone Number – 0370 333 1181