Near to Beeston Castle: What to Do and Where to Eat
Beeston Castle is just a short 19km drive from Chester and even shorter distances from Bunbury and Peckforton. Whether you fancy a trip to the zoo, want to grab a bite to eat or hope to explore more historical sites in the area, there are plenty of ways to keep the adventure going after leaving the castle.
Things to Do
The long-stretching views at Beeston Castle make it easy to forget that you’re just miles away from civilization. There are plenty of things to see and do just outside the castle’s doorstep.
The Chester Zoo
The castle is just 27 minutes away from Chester Zoo, a must-see for animal and nature lovers. Spanning 125 acres, there’s so much to see and explore that you could spend an entire day and there would still be more to see.
From rhinos to lions, jaguars, penguins, reptiles, elephants and more, a trip to Chester Zoo is sure to put a smile on your face – and help you get in touch with your wild side.
Also located in Chester, history buffs will enjoy Chester Cathedral. Opened in 1541, this cathedral is a Grade I listed building and includes the former monastic buildings. The cathedral is a major tourist attraction in the city and still holds services to this day.
The interior of the cathedral includes breathtaking stained glass, ornate wood carvings, beautiful alters and a peaceful courtyard with water features. Tours are available, but you’re free to explore the cathedral on your own for free.
Quarry Bank Mill
Considered one of the greatest industrial heritage sites in all of England, the Quarry Bank Mill lets you take a step back in time to see how industrial communities lived.
Traverse through beautiful gardens outdoors and marvel at the still-working machines inside of the mill. During your visit, you can also tour the Apprentice House and garden, which is where pauper children lived and learned. The property has more than 400 acres to explore, and pets are welcome to join you on your adventure. Located in Styal, the mill is a 50-minute drive from Beeston Castle.
Located in Disley, Lyme Park is a large estate built in the 1720s for Piers Legh VII. Surrounded by deer park, gardens and moorland, the estate is a must-see for history lovers. Over the years, notable architects have restored the home and transformed it into the stately mansion seen today. Lyme also houses a fine clock collection and one of the most important books in the National Trust’s collection: the 1487 Lyme Caxton Missal. Lyme Park is about an hour drive from Beeston, but is worth the trip if you’re staying nearby
Little Moreton Hall
Take a step back in time at Little Moreton Hall, a Tudor manor built by the wealthy Moreton family. A marvel of its time, the home features a great hall, towering Elizabethan fireplace and impressive gardens. The construction of the home took 100 years. Now owned by the National Trust, Tudor festivals are held here regularly to bring this great manor home to life. Whether you have a love of all things Tudor or want to explore one of the greatest manor homes in Cheshire at the time, Little Moreton Hall is a site not to be missed.
Places to Dine
While you can grab a light bite to eat at Beeston Castle’s café, you’ll need to venture off the castle grounds to enjoy a good sit-down meal. Some of the best restaurants nearby include:
The Clink Restaurant
Serving contemporary British food, The Clink offers a unique atmosphere, a delicious menu and courteous staff. Known for their large portions, you will not walk away from the table feeling hungry.
The Clink Restaurant is actually located in a woman’s prison on Styal Road in Wilmslow. Diners support prison rehabilitation, and all meals are cooked and served by prisoners from HMP Styal.
The Chef’s Table
Serving mainly British fare, this Chester restaurant is one of the best rated in town. Offering a relaxed atmosphere and unique dishes, you’ll want to call ahead to book a table – they’re always busy.
The Chef’s Table is located on Music Hall Passage in Chester.
Upstairs at the Grill
One of the top rated steakhouses in Chester, Upstairs at the Grill should be at the top of your list if you’re in the mood for a good steak. Your stay starts at the bar, where you’ll review the menu with a helpful staff member. When your food is nearly ready, you’ll be directed to your table. Upstairs at the Grill is located on Watergate Street in Chester.
With so much to see and do near Beeston Castle, you can extend your stay and explore all that the Cheshire region has to offer. Many of these restaurants and attractions are within an hour distance of the castle, so you’re just a short drive away from extending your adventure.