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Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ
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About

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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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • 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
  • 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)
Butterfly House Opening (1 May 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)

* Open Sunday to Wednesday 10.30am-5pm

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Recent Reviews:

  • lionelw564
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful old castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 24th April 2019
    Beautiful place to spend a day. Castle, gardens and displays. Tudor experiences with Henry V111 and his 6 wives, plus falconry and jousting displays. Read full review
  • mariettev2015
    Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Old castle full of history and intrigue
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 22nd April 2019
    Berkeley Castle is an easy drive from Gloucester and lies in the village of the same name. It was built around 1067 and was reconstructed in the 12th century by the Berkeley family who reside here... Read full review
  • MarcusHurley
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Wonderful Easter visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 19th April 2019
    It's about 8 years since we last visited the castle and lots of changes have taken place. The information boards as you walk towards the castle are excellent and there was some fascinating info... Read full review

Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2019

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