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.
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.