I greatly enjoyed my visit to Berkeley Castle, one with a fascinating history. My companion and I had an extremely knowledgeable tour guide which made the visit much more educational than it would have been otherwise. The Castle, finished in 1154, is the second-oldest continuously occupied building in the UK [1st is Windsor Castle]. King Edward II was imprisioned in the dungeon and eventually murdered here. The castle saw a low of action during the time of the English Civil War and was attacked by Oliver Cromwell's troops in 1645; during the war the castle changed hands five times between Royalist and Parliamentarian forces. The rooms in the castle as fabulous, dripping with paintings of Berkeley's and other portrait-worthy people, and filled with objects of historic significance. I was interested in learning about the American connection. One of the Berkeley's travelled to America and provided financial assistance to an East Coast university (I believe it was Yale). It is in his honor that the campus of the Univ. of Califorinia, Berkeley is named.
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