Known as the 'Castle of the Rock', Beeston Castle is at the top of an impressive crag which enjoys breathtaking views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. An exhibition details 4,000 years of Beeston Castle's history, from Bronze Age settlement to Iron Age hill fort. Legend tells of a vast treasure hidden here by King Richard II, but a treasure more easily found is the 40 acres of unspoiled woodland full of wildlife and trails to explore.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- No wheelchair access to woodland walk and Castle due to very steep hill and uneven surfaces
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-23 Dec, 2 Jan-19 Feb & 25 Feb-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, Tue-Sat 10-4; 20-24 Feb, daily 10-4. Last admission 30mins before closing. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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