Beeston Castle and Woodland Park - English Heritage

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park - English Heritage
Beeston Castle



01829 260464

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A view of a bridge leading into a castle gateway

Climb to the top of the formidable Castle of the Rock with incredible views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. Excavations indicate that a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hill fort occupied the site long before Beeston Castle was begun in 1225. According to legend, Beeston still guards King Richard's lost treasure maybe your family can find it! Meanwhile, an exhibition details the other secrets in the 4,000 years of Beeston Castle's history. There are also acres of unspoilt woodland trails to explore, and plenty of wildlife to see.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Museum, Prehistoric site, Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1-21 Oct Thu-Mon 10am-4pm , 22-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb daily 10am-4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm,Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Clash of Knights

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11am-5pm

Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, massed ranks of armoured knights meet head-on. Feel the heat of the battle as four teams fight with shield and club in this genuine contest of skill and strength. Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of medieval encampments as food is cooked on open fires and the past is brought to life as medieval folk go about their daily lives. Enjoy merry music while your budding young knights test their bravery at knight’s school and burn off lots of energy in battle drills.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


To book please call our dedicated Customer Services line on 0870 333 1183 or via our online booking at Tickets will also be available for sale at the event site on the day.


Treasure Island

  • 28 August 2014 From 7:30pm

Professional outdoor touring theatre company Rain or Shine are set to delight family audiences once again this summer. With a host of wild characters and events, from Billy Bones to the threatening Blind Pew and the 'Black Spot', the pirate's mutiny on the Hispaniola to the marooned Ben Gunn and the fight at the stockade on the isle where Captain Flint's treasure is buried, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story is brought to theatrical life by Rain or Shine in this new adaptation by James Reynard. This tale of buccaneers, greed, courage, betrayal and pieces of eight that has both humour and brutality, is suitable for adventurers from the age of 6 to 106. Jim Hawkins invites you to hear how he came to leave his home, the Admiral Benbow Inn, and make his way across the seas to "Treasure Island".

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Via Rain or Shine Company: Box office 0330 660 0541 / 01452 521575 or via website


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Become a Medieval Engineer Discovery Visit

How did people from the past build bridges, towers and siege engines? Become a real engineer in practical workshops exploring how our ancestors solved construction problems. Using a large-scale construction kit, this is literally a hands-on history experience! Explore the main features of the castle in an interactive tour, relating these to methods of attack and defence and construction. Working in groups, use Tic-Tac (plastic construction materials) to build a successful bridge alongside castle walls, exploring how medieval engineers faced and solved the same problems. A second activity involves building a catapult and taking part in a bean-bag throwing challenge, identifying features of su

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to arrange a 2 hour session from June 22–24 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.

Beeston Castle Teacher's Kit (English Heritage)

A downloadable PDF containing FREE photocopiable teaching resource sheets for use in the classroom. They are essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and include: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.


  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download the PDF

The Fortress Castle Discovery Visit

Explore this hill-top fortress through dressing-up and role play. Travel back in time, looking for evidence in the remains to help discover key events and form conclusions about daily life for the castle's inhabitants. Artists' illustrations, photographs and role-play are used to explore how this castle changed over time. Knowledge and understanding of key events such as the English Civil War is placed in context and the lives of ordinary men and women are explored through object investigation. This session can be adapted to suit each key stage.
You can also combine this Discovery Visit with the 'Touching the Past'Discovery Visit also at Beeston Castle for what one student described as 'the

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to arrange a 45 minute session. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.

Touching the Past Discovery Visit

How can the past be pieced together? What materials are objects made from and what do they tell us? Explore what life was like at Beeston Castle from the Iron Age through to the present using real archaeological finds and handling and comparing different objects. Creative activities bring the objects to life, helping students to imagine how they might have been used in everyday life in the past. It will also help to develop understanding of the significance of Beeston Castle as a historical site, including archaeological evidence found at the site and changes over different time periods.
Duration: 3/4 to 1 3/4 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Science, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to arrange a session lasting 45 minutes or 1¼ hours. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.