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Berkeley Castle

Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9BQ, England
(44) 1453 810332
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: This intriguing castle has been the home of the Berkeley family for more than 850 years and was recently featured on the BBC's 'Britain's Hidden... more » Owner description: This intriguing castle has been the home of the Berkeley family for more than 850 years and was recently featured on the BBC's 'Britain's Hidden Heritage' programme. It was the last place of residence of King Edward II, who was imprisoned in the castle and murdered within its walls.The Castle is open from Easter until the end of October. The Butterfly House reopens on 1 May, walk amongst the stunning butterflies. A visit to the Yurt Tearoom is also a must!Please check our website for open days and hours. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

£10 (or £8.50 concession in my case) well spent. The castle, and grounds around it, are beautifully kept. Our guide was a lovely man, who allowed photography where other (Lancaster) castles don't. It's pretty good, when you can see (up close) original portraits of Queen Bess, James I, etc., as well as lots of the old Berkeley family. There's the... More

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Merton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

You can go around the castle on your own but would suggest to view it at its very best you go on one of their free guided tours

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Good advice! Our guided tours are very popular and really bring Berkeley Castle to life! Thank you for posting a review. More

Ellicott City, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great tour of this old castle that is still inhabited. The giant main hall is impressive as are the private living room areas the tour allows you to visit.

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. As you say, we're only a short drive away from Tetbury so I'm pleased that you chose to visit us. Our Great Hall is very impressive and a stunning location for weddings and corporate events. We hope that you come back and visit us again. More

Aberdeen
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you want to see a castle this is the one to visit. Reasonable entry fee and then that wonderful hour-long castle tour with lots of other activities along the way. A super attraction which I highly recommend to all.

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a great review! More

Leicester, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
70 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited in time for the11.30am tour. The guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant but it was tiring as the tour lasted about one and a quarter hours and involved a lot of stairs and walking. We saw many elderly and disabled people really struggling with the steps. Obviously being an ancient building there are no lifts and it is... More

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Please note that the Jenner Museum is not run by Berkeley Castle, it isn't in the grounds. However it is next door, so we have provided an access through to the museum from our Walled Garden, for the convenience of our visitors. More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Went with our one year old who was happily babbling and cooing throughout. Tour guide suddenly asked us to leave the tour! Said she couldn't think and we weren't welcome. Very disappointed. So rude. I can't control my babies happy sounds! So upsetting, especially as this is supposed to be a family attraction and cost 10 each to get in.... More

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

I was very shocked to read your review. We do pride ourselves on being a family attraction and try our best to appeal to all age groups. Of course all visitor groups vary and our Guides take this into account and tailor their tours accordingly. We have regular meetings with our Guides, we will draw your review to their attention,... More

Magnolia, Delaware
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I had the second tour of the day (They're every half hour). The guide was very, very knowledgeable and entertaining. The castle itself is awesome. Although a relatively small portion is open to the public (the place is huge) it's well worth seeing. The grounds are just beautiful and very peaceful. An unexpected bonus is the butterfly house with hundreds,... More

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much! A perfect review, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Berkeley Castle. More

Salisbury
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103 reviews 103 reviews
83 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were looking forward to visiting The Castle on the tuesday until we got to the gates and were told it was shut for filming! Now I know you will respond your always put it on your website but it wasn't on the Saturday before . Why would you actually have a person on the gate to tell people it... More

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

My heart sank when I read your review, I am so sorry that you were unable to visit the Castle last Tuesday when filming was taking place here. I can assure you that we did put a notice on our website, this was posted the week before, on Wednesday 17th September, when the filming contract was confirmed. It was added... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Visited with my niece and her 4 and 6 year old having won the entry in a school raffle. Six year old very sensitive to atmosphere and positively refused to enter some rooms but the guides were understanding and redirected us. Not an awful lot to do for their age group until we happened on Monty the Fool - what... More

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Jackie P, Owner at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Monty is extremely popular, I'm so pleased that your niece's children enjoyed his antics! He's already booked up to come back to Berkeley Castle next Summer. We've also re-booked the Archer and Story Teller too. We're always looking for ways to entertain our younger visitors and to make history fun. We've introduced a dressing up area this year when everyone... More

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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This privately owned fortress/castle boasts that it's been in the same family for over 800 years old, celebrated by Shakespeare, had a King of England murdered within its walls and having its walls breached by Oliver Cromwell, which today still cannot be repaired. This is so that it can never be used as a fortress again. This was well worth... More

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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and finally found your way out of Cheltenham! More

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