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Berkeley Castle

Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9BQ, England
(44) 1453 810332
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Ranked #2 of 6 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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

Alveley, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Entrance fee is reasonable although the castle is fairly small but price did include the butterfly house which had many different species and was well worth a look. Food from the Yurt Restaurant was very limited although we arrived at 12.30, many items were sold out. Staff everywhere were very pleasant

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

Thank you for your review. More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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99 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We visited Berkeley castle at the weekend whilst attending a friends wedding and I have to say that it's a stunning place. The grounds are simply beautiful and well tended and the views from the castle entrance across the parkland is gorgeous. Inside the castle you can learn more about it's lengthy history and the guided tour is well worth... More

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

That's a lovely review, we're delighted that you were so impressed by Berkeley Castle and all that we offer. Please be aware that the Butterfly House closes at the end of September and will reopen at the beginning of May 2015. We really look forward to seeing you and your family again soon. More

Liverpool
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Very interesting place to visit in a beautiful part of the country. Good value for money especially as the ticket can be used again within a year. It is well maintained and the guided tour was extremely interesting and the guides were well informed and knowledgeable. Butterfly house is well worth a visit and so is the cafe.. Would highly... More

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

Thank you so much for highly recommending Berkeley Castle. We hope you manage to take advantage of your free return visit and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More

Welling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Excellent value for money at £10 entry. There is a cafe which supplied good food. children are catered for aswell.

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

Thank you for your review, it's always reassuring to read that our visitors find us good value for money! More

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