Last Thursday Richard and I went to Beeston Castle - what a treat that was - the view from the top was amazing. The weather was great so we were able to see eight counties. Before the castle was built people used to live in the nearby caves. There was also a bronze age village and bronze age hill fort.
The castle was built in 1220s by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, on his return from the Crusades. It was besieged for several months during the civil war before surrendering and being partly demolished.