Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ
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Berkeley Castle is considered by many as a hidden gem; it was built in 1153 by the Berkeley family, who still live there. Over the centuries it has changed from a foreboding fortress to a welcoming family home.

Travel throughout time and history, from the Keep with its dungeon, the room where Edward II is said to have been murdered, to the Drawing Rooms with their fine upholstery, chandeliers and silver lamps.  Visitors can see superb tapestries, silverware, paintings from the 16th-20th centuries, fine furniture and a unique spider’s web ceiling.

The Castle provides a great day out for families with its dressing up area, woodland play, Jester Dragon Hunt, quizzes and trails.  Free school holiday activities include archery, jousting, falconry, jester skills, dragons, living history displays, as well as the occasional visit from his majesty, Henry VIII and his six wives!

Discover more about the Berkeley family who were involved in many significant events throughout  England’s rich history; make up your own mind about the love story involving Mary Cole and the 5th Earl of Berkeley; find out which play Shakespeare wrote for a family wedding.

The Castle is frequently used as a filming location for many period dramas and has been featured in The White Princess, Wolf Hall, Poldark, The Hollow Crown, The Spanish Princess and Johnny English Strikes Again. Thanks to the castle's incredible architecture, grounds and history it is a popular choice for television and film productions. 

Stroll in the terraced gardens, filled with unusual plants, and walk among free-flying butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House.  The Yurt Restaurant serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks and light lunches.

Henry II gave the Castle to the family in 1153, it has received royal guests ever since: Edward II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the Countess of Wessex and the late Queen Mother have all been to Berkeley Castle.  Why not add YOUR name to that impressive list of visitors?

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  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French only

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Film or TV location
  • Haunted
  • In countryside - On the edge of Berkeley Town On the edge of Berkeley Town
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction - 9 acres of gardens to explore too. (No Dogs allowed)

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Opening Times

Castle Opening (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Oct 2019)
Monday - Wednesday10:30 - 17:00
Thursday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Butterfly House Opening (1 May 2019 - 30 Oct 2019)
Monday - Wednesday11:00 - 16:30
Thursday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday11:00 - 16:30


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Recent Reviews:

  • Lisa S
    Trip Type:
    What a wonderful place!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th January 2019
    A lovely day out for al of the family. It really is stunning. Helpful and friendly staff make it even better! Read full review
  • pasowine
    Paso Robles, California
    Trip Type:
    Historic Castle still in use - Wonderful Guided Tour!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 30th October 2018
    We stopped here on our way to the Cotswolds and were not disappointed at all. This is a rather impressive Castle and Grounds, really not that far off the M5 highway at all. Plenty of parking as... Read full review
  • Steviediane
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Very nice day out
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 1st November 2018
    Went out for the last day of the season for a look around with a friend. We did the guided tour which I strongly recommend, our guide Linda was brilliant, she had a fantastic knowledge of the castle... Read full review


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