Discover King Richard II's hidden fortune at Beeston Castle

Beeston, Cheshire

A magical site with stunning views, long walks through rich woodland and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

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Set 350ft above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags, you can explore more than 4,000 years of history at Beeston Castle. The medieval fortress was inspired by the Crusader Castles and the impregnable hill-top strongholds of the Holy Land. Legend has it that the 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.

If you’ve packed a picnic you can sit on top of the hill and admire the spectacular views from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains. Then head into the 40 acres of woodlands surrounding the castle where you can explore the natural trails and look out for local wildlife – remember to bring those binoculars as who knows what you may discover. You may even find the lost treasure of Richard II…

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