Visiting Beeston Castle recently was both rewarding and
disappointing. Rewarding, due to the incredible views that
await you as you walk up the incline leading up to the outer
wall and then as you enter the castle itself, where your
steep climb is rewarded with spectacular panoramic views
over Cheshire, provided that the weather conditions
are favourable. Unfortunately, on the day that we visited,
conditions were rather overcast, and the distant views which
extend as far as the Welsh mountains, the Pennines,
The Wrekin and Liverpool were not very clear.The walkway
which leads up into the castle entrance deserves a special
mention, as this is quite a feat of engineering which is built
over a sheer drop to the rocky crag below, and will leave
you wondering how this was constructed.
Disappointing, because much of what was the castle has
been reclaimed, with only the front of the castle remaining
intact with the lower part of the outer walls visable, giving
an indication of it's original size. You will need a good dry
and clear day to get the most from this attraction. The
walks, we felt, were not particularly exciting, much of them
having steps with deep risers and not suitable for anyone
with walking difficulties as is most of this attraction, and
sensible foot wear is mandatory, as some of the paths
are uneven, having loose stones. Beeston is possibly not
generally suitable for young teenagers, because there
is little in the way of entertainment, except when special
events are held, with mock battles etc. taking place.
There is a variety of wild life and flowers in the castle
grounds, we saw rabbits and a Woodpecker, however
you don't need to go this far to see this sort of thing.
There are also caves which you are not able to enter
due to the bats which inhabit them and are protected.
The castle reception includes a small eating area with
self-service snacks and drinks available, there is also
an area where bronze age artefacts etc. are displayed,
and the usual gift shop. Toilet facilities with baby changing
area are close to the main entrance.The visitor centre
and grassy area only, are accessible for wheelchair
users. Car parking was a very reasonable £3.00, but
the entrance fee seems a little expensive, however, this
will depend on what your expectations of this attraction are.
Recommended with reservations.
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