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Berkeley Castle

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Berkeley Castle


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, 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, 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,



  • 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
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction - 9 acres of gardens to explore too. (No Dogs allowed)


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking


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

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • 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


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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.

Special Offers

  • Grandparents Day

    The offer: Every Monday Grandparents get free entry & hot drink too! 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).

    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

    Offer link: Things to do


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • Shipahoyahoy
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Excellent tour.
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 7th March 2018
    I was part of a large group, split into two, and given a tour by two well informed guides, Lynn and David. Both were excellent. The tours were informative, well-paced and entertaining. References... Read full review
  • Geoff H
    Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Stunning venue - just a bit chilly!
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 1st March 2018
    We had the great pleasure of attending a wedding here. The venue is STUNNING! The food was good, the guided tour given in the dead patch between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast was a great... Read full review
  • gffw43
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    wedding with the Wow Factor
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 25th February 2018
    just been to a wedding and it was really super, well organised with great food and attention to detail to all requests of the Happy Couple. superb setting with lots of interesting extras, Read full review
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Tel: +44 (0)1453 810303

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Opening Times

Castle Opening (25 Mar 2018 - 28 Oct 2018)
Butterfly House Opening (6 May 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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