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Beeston Castle, known locally as 'Castle of the Rock,' is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day. From its lookout point at the top of a mighty crag, you can see from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains. The 'Castle of the Rock', its medieval title, was began to be built in the 1220s by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, one of the greatest barons of Henry III's England. A defence against aristocratic rivals and a striking proclamation of Ranulf 's power, his fortress is approached via a ruined gatehouse in a multi-towered outer wall, defining a huge outer Bailey climbing steadily up the hill. At Beeston Castle, not only can you take a walk up the Bailey itself to the castle at the summit to take in the views and the natural environment, but you can also discover more about the history of the castle and the site in the ‘Castle of the Rock’ Museum. An educational visit to Beeston Castle can be led by teachers directly, enabling you to tailor your visit to whatever themes you would like to explore, whether that be history, geography, art or literacy. Such self-led visits are free and therefore offer a wonderful resource to be taken advantage of. A ‘Discovery Visit’ can also be booked for Key Stages One and Two that involves a guided walk to the summit and a taught session led by an experienced professional.