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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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Salisbury
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 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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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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Visited this little known castle, hidden away off Junction 14 (M5). Wonderfully preserved by the family and SO worth a visit. The grounds are amazing, lovely flower beds and lily pond with a fountain. A guide, at no extra cost, took us around, she certainly knew her facts, loads of information. The tour took l l/2 hrs. extremely interesting. The... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The castle has a long history, although most is more recent, from the significant renovations to the original medieval castle, to the interiors which are essentially Restoration and later, thanks to the sacking of the castle during the Civil War. Even so, there is a lot to see and the Berkeley family do appear to have been involved in most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We spent an enjoyable Sunday touring this castle and it's picturesque grounds. We had 3 generations in our party and everyone had a lovely time.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Fantastic views from the castle grounds abound in this quiet and unspoilt area sandwiched between the Severn Estuary and the Cotswold Hills.An interesting tour of the castle itself will take in the region of 75 minutes and a difficult staircase can be easily avoided. The castle has a warm and welcoming feel about it and it offers a pleasant cafe/restaurant.... More

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

A lovely review - thank you very much! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A delightful setting and a brilliant tour guide...David was funny and informative, we enjoyed our picnic in the gardens which were second to none...

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

Thank you very much for reviewing Berkeley Castle - great photos! More

Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We had not heard of the castle before, however having looked at the leaflet decided to visit the castle due to the poor weather at the beginning of our holiday during August. I would recommend taking a guided tour which lasts for around an hour and a quarter and is included in the entrance fee. Our guide made the tour... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We're delighted that you've 'discovered' us and hope you visit us again soon! More

Tadworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Not overpriced, this location enabled us to while away a couple of hours. The displays and exhibits were interesting. However, many (eg tapestries) are crying out for restoration. I do hope that the family will be able to restore these treasures. The tours looked good although, given that our group included a couple of reluctant teenagers, we did not follow... More

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

Thank you for your review. You're absolutely right, some of our tapestries are crying out for restoration! The 'Friends of Berkeley Castle' have recently commissioned a restoration report on all tapestries in the Castle, we hope to establish a list of priorities very soon. As I'm sure you can appreciate, this will cost a significant amount of money and is... More

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