7 best castles within easy reach for a family visit

Kids Love Castles!

Where better to take the family than to one of our impressive local castles in and around Cheshire, North Wales, Manchester & Liverpool?

Pretend to be a knight or a princess or an invading army! Dress up as a guard, defend the castle from a dragon, or just explore castle ruins.

Castles are a feast for the imagination. And if the kids learn a bit of history on the way, it’s even better!

Conway Castle
A “proper castle” as you’d imagine one. Impressive, large thirteenth century fortress style castle with battlements, chambers, spiral staircases and towers.

Beeston Castle
Ruined medieval fortress with spectacular views. Great for exploring and picnics. Steep uphill walk. Woodlands & wildlife trails. Special family friendly events.

Chirk Castle
Chirk, Wrexham
14th century fortress with medieval tower, dungeon. Beautiful grounds, tea rooms. Play and den building area. Dressing up. Children’s trail. Snowdrop walk, family fun days.

Cholmondeley Castle
Gothic style castle. The building isn’t open to public but it makes a romantic backdrop to the attractive grounds with picnic area, play area, children’s den. Family friendly events including annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

Ewloe Castle
Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay
Ruins of a native Welsh castle, one of the last fortifications built by the Princes of Wales. Walk through a wooded valley: can be very muddy. Loads of streams, waterfalls, squirrels. Very atmospheric. Children’s play area in Wepre Park.

Lancaster Castle
Dates back to the 12th century. Site of the Pendle witch trials and still used as a law court. Well preserved with lots to see. Guided tours. Kids’ activity books and backpacks available.

Clitheroe Castle & Museum
Small but attractive castle ruin set on  hill overlooking the town, play areas, labyrinth and skate park. Museum very family friendly. Children’s rucksack, map and magnifying glasses. Cafe. Free entry for children.


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