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Berkeley Castle

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Address: Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9BQ, England
Phone Number: (44) 1453 810332
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Description: This intriguing castle has been the home of the Berkeley family for more...
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.
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Butterfly experience

Went to visit the castle and was persuaded to visit the butterfly house, all I can say it is the most amazing experience to walk among so many butterflies and actually have them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Newton Ferrers, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I was taken to Berkeley Castle as part of a family outing and had never heard of it, nor the Berkeley family. I did not know we were going until we set off. My initial impressions were very good, The butterfly house was great and the yurt cafe was very nice and had a good range of food. The £10... More 

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

Thank you for your review and for your positive comments regarding Berkeley Castle, the Butterfly House and Yurt Tearoom. I'm pleased that your initial impressions were good ones. You are of course entitled to your views with regard to the Hunt and we don't hide the Berkeley family's long association with one of the oldest Hunts in the country. However,... More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went to visit the castle and was persuaded to visit the butterfly house, all I can say it is the most amazing experience to walk among so many butterflies and actually have them land on you, you have to visit it to understand words cant do it justice, complete a very pleasant day

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the Butterfly House, it really is at its best now, we have so many beautiful butterflies hatching - they're extremely sociable too! For anyone else who is thinking of visiting, please note that the Butterfly House closes at the end of September and won't reopen again until May... More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We spent an afternoon at Berkeley Castle and had an interesting time visiting and looking round the gardens. We took a free tour of the castle. These take place every half hour and our guide John Terry was really excellent. Clear delivery and not too much information, just enough to make a tour fascinating without being dull. We had a... More 

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

We're delighted that you had an enjoyable visit to the Castle. It's great that you enjoyed your tour with John, we'll pass on your comments. I'll also let Jas, our very own 'Mary Berry' know that you complimented her cakes - she'll be thrilled! Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

More a stately home than a castle but well worth the visit, lots to see, loads of history, plenty for the kids to do too. We took the guided tour (included in the £10 entry), Linda was very knowledgeable and did a great job (although a bit too eager to start speaking before all her party had caught up with... More 

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

Thank you so much for such a well-rounded review. I was particularly pleased to read your comments about how much there is to do for children - we've tried really hard this year to make the Castle more family friendly with lots more free activities for families and youngsters. We hope you come back and see us again soon! More 

Thornbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

You can visit the tea shop in the Yurt, in the old kitchen garden at Berkeley, even if you do not wish to visit the castle. You can sit in the Yurt, or in the pleasant area outside, overlooking the garden. There are toilets and a level path to the very roomy disbled toilet. which was a great plus when... More 

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

The title of your review sums it up perfectly! It's wonderful that our Yurt Tearoom has gained an excellent reputation for the quality of its food, the fact that it's good value and of course that its cakes are delicious too. Visitors can come to the Walled Garden area and enjoy the Yurt Tearoom, Gift Shop and Kitchen Garden without... More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had a lovely hour or so here - we'd have spent longer in the parkland, but the rain did dampen things somewhat. All volunteers were very friendly and knowledgable, and there were some really interesting artefacts within stunning buildings. We especially enjoyed the kitchen areas, and popping down to the cellar. Information cards accompanied each area, although had there... More 

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

So pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle - despite the rain! We note your comments regarding the information cards for each item, as you suggest there is a vast amount to see so it can be difficult to 'label' everything. Our Guide Book is reasonably priced at £5 and does detail many of the items on display.... More 

Hereford
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85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It was good to visit a castle that is still inhabited and we had an excellent guided tour during which I learned several things e.g. that spits were sometimes powered by dogs and that the infamous murder that took place there was most likely not to have been in the manner previously thought... We saw several works of art and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The conducted tour was very well done. Not a history nut's show, but great for the children and, I imagine, overseas visitors not steeped in English history, for whom this intact castle must be a relatively rare opportunity to gain some impression of how wealthy families' lives and fortunes developed down the centuries. It's worth noting that the castle is... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

What a fascinating location. Beautiful home contained in lovely gardens. At the moment very exciting for children with various attractions for them. Check out the Castle website for what's on, the 'jester' was brilliant for the children (and quite a few adults!). Will definitely return and strongly recommend.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A pretty unique Castle to visit, in history, layout and charm. We loved the gardens, the tapestries, furniture and portrait paintings. Guides are well informed and welcoming. The admission charge includes the unique enclosed tropical butterfly garden. The Yurt Cafe, offers decidedly poor and overpriced coffee. Don't miss out on visiting the adjacent church as it has stunning stained glass... More 

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