At the heart of our 12-acre site are the remains of a C12th Marcher Norman Castle and gatehouse. There is a later Tudor addition which is now the gift shop.
We also have our fabulous kitchen café – kitchen@thecastle.
Fast developing a reputation for outstanding food, excellent value for money and friendly service and home of the Whittington Wobbler, kitchen@thecastle is open daily from 9am – 5pm in the summer and 10am – 3pm in the winter. Help yourself to free dog biscuits at kitchen@thecastle
The Castle Grounds and Rewilding
The beautiful grounds and adjoining meadows at Whittington Castle are rich in flora and fauna, including our famous resident swans Lady Beatrice and Sir Tom, their offspring Vera and Lynn, and a variety of waterfowl. There are pleasant walks around the Castle, it’s moat and through the village.
At the bottom of our drive go through the gate into the meadows and follow the wheelchair/pushchair friendly path to a children’s playground.
The Castle now has an Eco Team and works with local schools. Although much of the Castle grounds are laid to lawns for picnicking, events, and car parking, we are creating more areas for wildlife which will, in turn, increase the ecological value of the site and village.
The Castle forms part of a chain of buildings fortified in the C13th under the aegis of the Earl of Chester. It was once the chief residence of the powerful Fitzwarine family. The Earldom of Chester was one of the most powerful earldoms in medieval England under the rule of Edward I.
The Castle grounds are open all year round.
Dogs are welcome! All we ask is that your dog is always on a lead, and please clear up after them.
There is free admission to Castle ruins although, at times, some event entry prices may apply
We are a self-funding Castle, so car parking fees apply at all times. Please pay at the machine or in the shop when open.
See our Events page for events and entry prices.
Donate to the Castle
There is evidence that the Castle site and grounds in Whittington have been occupied since the Iron Age. For the last 13 years the care of this ancient site and Norman Castle has been the responsibility of the Whittington Castle Preservation Trust (WCPT). It is our role to preserve this wonderful resource for our local community and visitors to the area.
We can only survive with support from our own income and those kind enough to donate to the Castle.
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