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Berkeley Castle

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Aerial shot of Berkeley Castle Bristol

About

Berkeley Castle, a hidden gem in the Cotswolds. Awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for the last five years.

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

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 lasts just over an hour.

Gardens

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 visit 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.

Food and Drink

The Tea Room, also in the walled garden, serves morning coffee, light lunches and lovely cream teas. The Yurt is open from 10:30am 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.

Film and TV

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, Father Brown, BBC 2's Wolf Hall, Poldark-series 2, 3 and 4, The White Princess and Johnny English 3. 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 and is only half an hour from the city of Bristol.

For further details on any aspect of the Castle contact the House Managers on 01453 810 303, or by e-mail info@berkeley-castle.com, www.berkeley-castle.com.

Groups

Berkeley Castle offers discounted rates for groups of 20 or more. An exclusive Guided Tour with one of their experienced Castle Guides can be arranged for an additional charge. Additional Guides can be organised too. Pre-booking is required for groups to ensure that every visit is as enjoyable as possible. To book a group please download the group booking form, complete it and return to the Castle Administrator by email.

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Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • 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
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • 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
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Specialist Features

  • 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

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

Special Offers

  • Grandparents Day

    The offer: Grandparents get free entry & hot drink! Bring your grandchildren for an enjoyable and memorable day out. Enjoy free entry (with each paying grandchild) and a complimentary hot drink (with any lunch purchased). Only applicable on Mondays during July & August

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book contact Berkeley Castle on 01453 810 303, mentioning that you saw the offer on visitbristol.co.uk

    Offer link: Things to do

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    567
  • Very Good
    198
  • Average
    33
  • Poor
    12
  • Terrible
    9

Recent Reviews:

  • Thelastgent
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    Lovely afternoon outing with beautiful views.
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th October 2019
    Spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon at Berkeley, a lovely old castle that is still owned and lived in by the Berkeley family. The castle itself has been kept in fantastic condition and has a wonderful... Read full review
  • Koscafe17
    Fascinating Site
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th November 2019
    Our visit to Berkeley Castle, together with its gardens, was a really interesting and informative experience. The numerous information boards were greatly appreciated and the well maintained... Read full review
  • Terri O
    Droitwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Business
    School Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th November 2019
    Fantastic What a place to visit, the walk around tour, the great hall, the kitchens and the gardens are FAB. The Church next door is worth a visit. The village was really quaint and accommodating... Read full review
Berkeley
Berkeley
Gloucestershire
GL13 9BQ

Tel: +44 (0)1453 810303

Opening Times

Castle Opening (1 Apr 2020 - 30 Oct 2020)
Butterfly House Opening (1 May 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)

* Open Sunday to Wednesday 10.30am-5pm

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