Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

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Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

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Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone. With stunning views to take your breath away, long walks through rich woodland for nature lovers and nooks and crannies for kids to hide in you’re sure to have a magnificent day out!

Beeston's origins stretch over 4,000 years; to a Bronze Age hill fort to the medieval fortress visitors see today which was inspired by the Crusader's Castles and the impregnable hill-top strongholds of the Holy Land. Legend has it that the majestic Beeston Castle guards buried treasure once belonging to Richard II. The king is said to have dispersed bags of gold at Beeston en route to quell the rebellion in Ireland, perhaps your family can find the treasure?

The famous views from the top are reputedly the best from any castle in England - on a clear day visitors can see across 8 counties from the Pennines in the east to the mountains of Wales in the west. Beeston is also a haven for wildlife and the unspoiled woodland makes it home to a host of birds and small mammals, remember to bring those binoculars and who knows what you may discover.

Dogs on lead allowed. Assistance dogs welcome.

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Guide Prices

English Heritage members free. Adult, Child, Concession and Family Tickets available, please see our website for up to date prices and booking information.

Opening Times

Main Season (1 Apr 2024 - 30 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Winter (1 Nov 2024 - 23 Dec 2024)
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed
Twixmas (26 Dec 2024 - 1 Jan 2025)
Winter Season (2 Jan 2025 - 19 Feb 2025)
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Half Term (20 Feb 2025 - 26 Feb 2025)
Spring Term (27 Feb 2025 - 31 Mar 2025)
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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    *Membership includes six accompanying children per adult Member, under 18 and within the family group. 

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    Family 1 Adult - Family of one adult and up to 6 children - £5.50 monthly*, £66 for a year

    Family 2 Adults - Family of two adults and up to 12 children - £9.58 monthly*, £115 for a year


    Joint Adult - Two adults aged 18 years+ - £9.58 monthly*, £115 for a year

    Adult and Senior - One adult (under 65 years) and one senior (over 65 years+) - £8.58 monthly*, £103 for a year

    Joint Snior - Two adults aged 65 years+ - £7.67 monthly*, £92 for a year


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    Young Adult / Student - 18-25 / with a valid NUS card - £4.42 monthly*, £53 for a year


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Road Directions

Eleven miles south east of Chester, on minor road, off 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)

Bike- National Cycle Trail 



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    Recent Reviews:

    • ECRwalker
      Macclesfield, United Kingdom
      Excellent views
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 7th April 2024
      Visited on a blustery grey afternoon. Well worth the visit and views from Inner Keep are spectacular.. There is a long ascent to the castle and there is very little shelter within grounds. Some paths... Read full review
    • monk3yseendo
      A Walk Through A Medieval City
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th May 2024
      After a refreshing stay in a historical castle (Peckforton), we decided to head on down to a small city rich in heritage a short drive away, Chester. Along the way, barely a 10 mins drive away, we... Read full review
    • annie20061
      Tidworth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A very steep walk
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th May 2024
      We visited being English Heritage members the parking and entrance were free. Amazing views from the top. The walk is very steep and takes around 20 minutes. The castle is mostly walls & ruins but it... Read full review



    • Guide Dogs Permitted


    • On-Site café/restaurant

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking - Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking free for members. Entrance is located 10 metres across road from the site. Approx 100 parking spaces (more on event days).

    Provider Facilities

    • Dogs Accepted
    • Event Venue
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • In countryside
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction
    • Village Location

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01829 260464

    Tel: 01829 260464

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