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Berkeley Castle

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Berkeley Castle

About

Berkeley Castle, a hidden gem in the Cotswolds. Awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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 lasts just over an hour.

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.

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.

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 and more recently BBC 2's Wolf Hall. 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.

Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Plant Sales

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted
  • Licenced for civil marriages

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)

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking

Catering

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

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French only

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

Video

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Map & Directions

Road 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.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    400
  • Very Good
    158
  • Average
    27
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    4

Recent Reviews:

  • Owenthomas
    Colorado
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    We had an extremely interesting tour guide
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 4th January 2018
    You are allowed to wander on your own, but highly recommend the tour. This castle was owned by the Berkeley family, members of which started Berkeley College in California, started Barclays Bank, was... Read full review
  • Huw T
    Trip Type:
    Family
    An absolute gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd January 2018
    The only castle in Britain still owned by the decendents if the original Norman family. The castle where Edward II was murdered. I am 54 years old and have made many visits to this beautiful castle... Read full review
  • Samietay
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Attended a wedding
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th December 2017
    Lovely castle, the food and the service were excellent, the staff were very helpful. We even had a tour of the castle before the wedding breakfast. Thank god the wedding wasn't at the nearby Tolworth... Read full review
Berkeley
Berkeley
Gloucestershire
GL13 9BQ

Tel: +44 (0)1453 810303

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Opening Times

Castle Opening (2 Apr 2018 - 28 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday11:0017:00*
Tuesday11:0017:00*
Wednesday11:0017:00*
ThursdayClosed*
FridayClosed*
SaturdayClosed*
Sunday11:0017:00*
Butterfly House Opening (6 May 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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