Berkeley Castle, a hidden gem in the Cotswolds.
Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1154 and still the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for all the family, hosting special events during school holidays and throughout the year.
The Castle, which dominates the Vale of Berkeley, is steeped in over 860 years of British history. It is best known as the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and for being besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1645. Over 24 generations of Berkeley’s have gradually transformed a Norman fortress into the lovely family home it is today.
The state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, rare paintings and English and continental tapestries. Some of the world famous Berkeley silver is on display in the Dining Room and many other rooms including the Great Hall, the Morning Room (the former mediaeval chapel, with its unique painted ceiling) and the kitchens are available to view.
The Castle is open to visitors from April – October, on selected days. Visitors can join a free guided tour of the Castle with one of the experienced Tour Guides which last just over an hour, depending on the number of questions asked!
The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced gardens with flower borders, a lily pond, Elizabeth I’s bowling green and sweeping lawns. From May-September, the tour also includes the tropical Butterfly House in the Walled Garden, which is a tranquil environment for over twenty-five different species of tropical butterflies. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy a stunning display of roses and many rare plants and flowers in Berkeley Castle’s magnificent terraced gardens in June and July with admission included within the entry cost to the Castle.
The Yurt Restaurant, also in the walled garden, serves morning coffee, light lunches and lovely cream teas. The Yurt is open from 10am on the same days as the Castle.
The Castle is open all year round for weddings, receptions and private hire. Also during the summer, since 2005, the University of Bristol undertake an archaeological dig in Nelme’s Paddock within the Castle Grounds. Overseen by Dr. Stuart Prior (Channel 4’s Time Team) and Prof. Mark Horton (BBC TV’s Coast), the dig has proved fascinating and now includes areas within the grounds of Dr Jenner’s House and St. Mary’s churchyard.
The Castle has also been used on many occasions for filming and has been involved in TV dramas such as The Other Boleyn Girl, Nostradamus, Dick & Dom and Father Brown. In addition Berkeley Castle has been used for documentaries such as Princes in Waiting, Great Country Houses, Dead Famous and Horse & Country TV’s epic, ‘Berkeley – An English Country Estate’.
Berkeley Castle is located in the historic town of Berkeley which is located just off the A38 between Bristol & Gloucester on the edge of the Cotswolds.
For further details on any aspect of the Castle contact the House Managers on 01453 810 303, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, www.berkeley-castle.com.
- Gift Shop
- Plant Sales
- Groups Accepted
- Licenced for civil marriages
- Celebrity connection
- Film or TV location
- In countryside - On the edge of Berkeley Town
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Outdoor Attraction - 9 acres of gardens to explore too. (No Dogs allowed)
- Village Location
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Coach Parking
- On Bus Route
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- Approx length of visit - Castle 1.5 hours, Castle & Gardens 3 hours.
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 25
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Special group rates
- Switch accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Available for wedding receptions
- Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities
- Event venue
- Event Venue
- Licenced for civil marriages
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French only
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
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Map & Directions
From M5 North: exit at Junction 13 or 14 onto the A38. Follow signs to Berkeley, then brown signs to Berkeley Castle.
Public Transport Directions
Train to Cam & Dursley station from Bristol or Glos then take a taxi.
Bus from Bristol or Glos change in Thornbury (from Bristol).
On arrival in Bristol, there is taxi to the castle which takes under 35 minutes.
Tel: +44 (0)1453 810303
|Open All Year|
|Castle Opening (01/04/2015 - 04/11/2015)|
|Butterfly House Opening (06/05/2015 - 30/09/2015)|
* OPEN DATES
Open Thursdays & Sundays & Bank Holidays Aril to October
Open Sundays - Thursdays during School Holidays;
Easter 1st - 15th April
Half-Term 3rd - 10th June
Summer 1st July - 2nd September
Half-Term 21st October - 4th November
11.00am – 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)