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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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Well worth a visit

Beautiful castle, absolutely swamped in history both British & family. We thoroughly enjoyed looking around. We decided to wait for the official tour, which was of no extra charge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Danielle M
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Beautiful castle, absolutely swamped in history both British & family. We thoroughly enjoyed looking around. We decided to wait for the official tour, which was of no extra charge & we learnt loads. We spent a good few hours there! It's not buggy friendly though, so unless your little ones are confident walkers or you don't mind carrying them up... More 

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Berkeley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent tour of Castle, seeing genuine historical artefacts. Fabulous setting in quiet rural location

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Ladbroke, null, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Fascinating place with a history and a real feel of mediaeval England but with a thoroughly modern facility. Excellent guides...

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

But it looked good from the outside, especially the really large car park and the extensive fencing, which exists to keep you out. Anyway it was on my planned walk from Dursley to Berkeley so not to worry. I gather it was used in the making of Wolf's Hall. In any case, whenever it is open, I would not be... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Berkeley Castle, and the Church just a bit away. We just happened to arrive when a middle-school history teacher was taking his 30-35 member class on a tour of the fields and grounds outside and around the castle, so my nosy wife decided that we would join up, and listen, since she, too is... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Very disappointed. We researched this attraction and was looking forward to a visit. May return in the summer when it reopens

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

I'm so sorry to hear that we were closed when you came to visit Berkeley Castle. We actually close at the end of October, so would have been open in September and not closed as your headline suggests. It's great that you're hoping to visit us in the Summer of 2015, we reopen on Wednesday 1st April 2015, please see... More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were fortunate enough to attend a wedding here on the 22nd November and all I can say is what an amazing setting for a wedding, the church was lovely but my feet didn't like the gravel paths from the coach drop off to the church and then down to the castle approach road from the church so flat shoes... More 

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

Thank you for such a lovely review, we're so pleased that you enjoyed attending a wedding here at Berkeley Castle. The tour provided at weddings is an abridged version, so do try and come back to see more of us soon! We open again on 1 April 2015. More 

Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Plenty of stairs so think about it if there are mobility issues but there is so much to see and of course the story of the death of King Edward. The guides are very good and the family still live there and are often about to talk to visitors

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

Thank you very much for posting a review of Berkeley Castle. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We spent several days at Berkeley Castle with friends viewing it as a wedding venue and experiencing what it has to offer. The castle itself is amazing, the grounds are beautiful and in summer, it is a wonderful day out just to explore the gardens themselves. In Winter (when we also visited) you can still gauge the beauty of the... More 

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

Well what can I say?! Thank you very much - I've also passed your very kind comments on to Pippa & Jess, who will also be delighted! More 

Cardiff, UK
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239 reviews 239 reviews
27 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of Berkeley Castle, but why spend over 25, often tedious minutes in the entrance hall, and then almost gallop around the rest of the place? We think it might be a good idea if the family reviewed or wrote a new tour script so that it’s bouncy and interesting throughout, and then made sure that all... More 

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

Thank you for your review and for your feedback too. It would be really helpful to know which guide took you on the tour of the Castle so that we can provide some direct feedback. Although all of our tours highlight the same incredible historical facts about the Castle; I hope you can appreciate that each of our guides has... More 

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