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Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, BERKELEY, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

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Berkeley, BERKELEY, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

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Summary

Berkeley Castle is unique, it has been lived in by the same family for almost 900 years - longer than any other fortress in England. King Edward II was murdered there in 1327. With 8 acres of gardens and grounds and a stunning Tropical Butterfly House, it makes for a perfect day out for all members of the family.

Where is Berkeley Castle located?

Berkeley Castle is conveniently located just off the M5, 10 minutes from junctions 13 and 14. Half way between the cities of Gloucester and Bristol, only half an hour's drive.

What is the history of Berkeley Castle to the present day?

There are many fascinating links to significant historical figures and events at Berkeley Castle. It's well worth taking one of their complimentary guided tours to discover more about the connections with Edward II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Francis Drake and Doctor Edward Jenner to name but a few. Find out how it became a focus of action during the first phase of the Civil War. In more recent times Berkeley Castle has been used as the backdrop for many significant dramas including - Poldark, Wolf Hall, The Spanish Princess & Johnny English Strikes Again. Today it is still home to the Berkeley family who built the Castle in 1153.

What is there to see and do at Berkeley Castle?

Visitors begin their tour of the Castle at the Keep, the oldest surviving part of the Castle. Enter the King's Gallery, with an impressive collection of royal portraits, a view of Edward II's cell, a vast dungeon and Francis Drake's chest. The Picture Gallery has many fabulous paintings with notable artists such as Stubbs and Knyff being represented. The Billiard Room now set up as a Dining Room has stunning eighteenth century silver and many Berkeley family portraits. A Meat Larder, Buttery and magnificent Medieval Kitchen follow. The China Room, Housekeeper's Room, Armoury and spectacular Great Hall hold many incredible artefacts and associated stories. Your tour ends with the Grand Staircase, Morning Room and elegant Drawing Rooms.

Other information

This award winning Castle has won a Certificate of Excellence with Tripadvisor for 6 consecutive years, it's well worth checking out their reviews before you visit.

Berkeley Castle also has a Wedding Venue:

Berkeley Castle (Wedding Venue Section)

Information on Berkeley Castle , Berkeley , BERKELEY , Berkeley

Opening Times: Castle & Gardens Apr to Oct: Butterfly House May to Sep, Sun-Wed, 11:00-17:00 (last entry 16:00)
Admission: Adult £12.50, Child (3-16) £7.00, Concession £11.00, Family (2 x adults & 2 x children) £35.00.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: Sat Nav: Please use postcode GL13 9PJ for your Sat Nav, which brings you to the gates of our Main Entrance on Canonbury Street. Our postal address postcode GL13 9BQ will bring you to our private entrance which is only available when the Castle is closed or for deliveries. By Car: From Bristol / London: Take the M4 and exit at Junction 20. Take the M5 north to Junction 14. Head north on the A38 following signs to Berkeley and then brown signs to Berkeley Castle. From the North:From M5 North: exit at Junction 13. Follow signs to Berkeley, then brown signs to Berkeley Castle (about 1/2 mile beyond the Prince of Wales pub). For details of Train and Bus routes please use the links above to our website.
Facilities: Coaches welcome by appointment, Free parking, Guided tours, Picnic lawn, Refreshments, Shop
Organisation(s): Historic Houses Association
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Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Mr WCustomer visited Aug 2018

What to do on a very wet Sunday? Visit gorgeous Berkeley Castle of course!
We had an excellent tour guide ( it lasted just over an hour) and it was well worth it as so much information was given that you couldn't possibly ascertain just looking around yourself. It really made the history come alive.


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Posted on by Isabel WCustomer visited Aug 2018

Wonderful day out. Beautiful setting. Children really enjoyed going round the Castle and the quiz really made them look and listen. Will definitely go again. The grounds are really lovely. Trees to climb, roses and sweet peas and herbs really do perfume the air.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by A TCustomer visited Aug 2018

It is nice to visit a castle that has a lot in it rather than just stone walls. This castle is really interesting and the views are stunning. The grounds are lovely to walk around too.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Gill HCustomer visited Aug 2018

A lovely day out with friends. The filming of The Spanish Princess was taking place so it made it all the more interesting. Bit of a climb for those of us with walking sticks but we coped. All in all, a lovely time.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Rosie JCustomer visited Aug 2018

Would recommend this Castle, our teen daughter loved it! Beautiful and well worth a visit to explore the history of the castle and the well decorated rooms and history information.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Ms KCustomer visited Aug 2018

Visted in August summer hoildays arrived about 12 and left at 4.30. Plenty to do, it is such a lovely place to explore they had a few things happening for children including a trail map hunting for dragons which led you through the grounds and castle.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Earl SCustomer visited Aug 2018

Called in to Berkeley Castle on our way to a Hotel stop over, what an amazing place, well preserved and beautiful, you really must take the guided tour, so informative, all the stories, they'r amazing. And then, (If you haven't already ) treat yourself to a coffee in The Yurt Cafe, different from the usual and good to experience.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and will be going again when my daughter comes over from Australia.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Mr SCustomer visited Jul 2018

Berkeley Castle is an outstanding historical attraction. The staff are courteous and helpful. A visit to St Mary’s church is a must for history buffs.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Eris SCustomer visited Jul 2018

I visited this wonderful castle on July 17 last. It is simply stunning - my second visit, actually. The guides were helpful, knowledgeable and lots of fun. Nothing was too much trouble. We had tea and cakes sitting outside in the sunshine at the Yurt Cafe. I was so loathe to leave! Simply not to be missed.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by X XCustomer visited Jul 2018

Berkeley castle is set out for family enjoyment especially during the summer months. There are re-enactments,fencing demos and tuition for children, dressing up and an art studio. Great fun.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Stu TCustomer visited Jun 2018

A very enjoyable few hours spent in the castle and grounds. Even if you're not particularly interested in English history you will find the guided tour fascinating. This medieval castle is in really good condition and full of surprises.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Chris ECustomer visited Jun 2018

A wonderful wonderful place to visit.
The Berkeley family are obviously and rightly proud of their residence but it is great they open it up to everyone.
The castle has a great history expertly explained by David Shone our humourous guide who along with everyone we met (Shop and Yurt-well worth a visit for a cuppa) was so friendly and welcoming.
The Butterly house was amazing and well worth a visit.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Dennis WCustomer visited May 2018

Great stop for a couple of hours. Amazing story of the same family (Berkeley) living in this castle for 27 generations and over 900 years. Lots of history, for example, King Edward II was murdered within the walls, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night's Dream was based on a Berkeley family wedding, and the town doctor Edward Jenner developed the idea for a smallpox vaccination here.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by John PCustomer visited May 2018

Visited the castle in April on the first day of opening. Had a great tour made possible by a great guide, really brought it to life for us. Would definitely.recommend the visit.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Jackie TCustomer visited Jul 2017

i love visiting castles and this seemed like a perfect place to go! The guided tour was very enjoyable!


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Pat CCustomer visited Jul 2017

We were so impressed with the tour we took. It was led by a fantastic guide who made our tour visit special. All staff were friendly and willing to talk to us. The tea room in the yurt was a great place to eat an enjoyable lunch. The butterfly house was an extra treat and the ladies who worked there were willing to spend time with us showing all the extras we would have walked past. For £9 entrance it was a great afternoon. The castle is a must


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Jas ACustomer visited Jul 2017

What a great place to make our first castle discovery. A fantastic balance of history, family and stuff to do with kids. They loved the giant swing!


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Wd DCustomer visited Jul 2017

I cannot praise enough the team in the Yurt! Thank you for making my friends day so perfect xxx Jaz you rock!


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Ryan JCustomer visited Jul 2017

We went to the castle on July 2nd, our first wedding anniversary, because of its interesting history and beautiful grounds, the view from the bench by the pond was spectacular.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by David LCustomer visited Jun 2017

I visited the castle years ago and wished to visit again with my partner, I really enjoyed the great hall and the archery experience.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by H ECustomer visited Jun 2017

Well worth a visit!


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by C ACustomer visited Jun 2017

This is one of the country's most important castles, not least because Edward II was probably (but not definitely!) killed there. We took a guided tour, and learned a great deal more from our well-informed guide than if we'd strolled round on our own. Congratulations to him for making history so vivid. The gardens are attractive, and the yurt, selling fresh food in a pleasant corner near the car park, a real bonus. Throw in the church and the Jenner museum and you have a wonderful day out. Thank you to all concerned


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by H BCustomer visited May 2017

Super visit and the guide was excellent she brought everything alive and made it so interesting. What knowledge she had. Would like to visit again and enjoy the gardens more.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Ellie SCustomer visited May 2017

My favourite part of the visit was the interior of the castle and gardens as well as the children activities which were also great!


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by M TCustomer visited May 2017

Lovely castle and lovely grounds and garden you walk round and take in the gorgeous flowers and trees


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Glenda BCustomer visited May 2017

We were visiting from Australia and ran into some tourists in Port Isaac who said the castle was a "MUST DO", so we changed our plans and came here, the castle appears very professional with a friendly feel.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Hugh PCustomer visited May 2017

I chose to visit the castle because of the Knight School and because i thought it would be a great place to visit.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by John CCustomer visited May 2017

Every year we come to Tortworth for a nurses reunion and visit various attractions near by. would definitely recommend and cant wait to bring my grandchildren here.


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Jess CCustomer visited Mar 2017

The fun began after the guided tour started . Very very grateful indeed to the tour guide ,she is really very informative & attentive as we were shown from one chamber to another, very thoughtful to stop & wait for others before starting her speech at any new section .Would advise tourists to join the free tour as it is entertaining & informative.Huge garden & breathtaking view from the castle really make the tour really a worth visit & memorable


Review of Berkeley Castle

Posted on by Customer visited Jul 2016

I very much enjoyed my visit to Berkely Castle this week.

It is so interesting to see a place that has been owned and lived in by a family across 900 years, right through to the present. There are lots of things to see, and free guided tours of the buildings will point out special features - you can then go back and spend more time looking around at the architecture and contents.

There are gardens and outside spaces where children can play and run, together with outdoor games and special events.

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