They don’t come much more historic than Berkeley Castle. This Gloucestershire landmark has played host to Francis Drake, Elizabeth I and a succession of other royalty as well as being celebrated by Shakespeare and the scene of Edward II’s murder back in 1327. Owned by the same family throughout the centuries, it is now a fabulous day out. We recommend the one hour guided tour to get you acquainted with the site – it takes in the King’s Gallery where Edward II was imprisoned and killed, the Tower Room and Picture Room with some awesome paintings, the dining room where the family silver is on display, the larders, buttery and kitchen (with superb period features like the lead-lined sink and roasting spit) and the China Room where Queen Elizabeth I’s bedspread is on display. It finishes in the Great Hall, which is veritably stuffed with gorgeous tapestries and more portraiture. Outside, an Elizabethan terraced garden with lily pond and sweeping lawns await you – and try to save some time for the lovely butterfly house in the old walled kitchen garden.
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|Opening Times:||28 Mar to 31 Oct, all Sun & BH weekends & Daily Jul & Aug, 11:00-17:30. Butterfly House closed Oct.|
|Admission:||Castle, Gardens & Butterfly House: Adult £7.50, Child (5-16) £4.50, OAP £6.00, Family (2 adults & 2 Children) £21.00. Season tickets available.|
|Location:||Gloucestershire, just off A38 (half way between Bristol and Gloucester), between Junctions 13 & 14 of M5.|
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