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Berkeley Castle

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Address: Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9PJ, England
Phone Number:
441453810303
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.

It has been used a filming location for many period dramas, including the BBC's Wolf Hall, Galavant and The White Princess.

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, from Sunday until Wednesday each week.

The Butterfly House is open from the beginning of May until the end of September from Sunday to Wednesday, walk amongst the stunning butterflies and tropical plants.

A visit to the Yurt Tearoom is also a must!

Please check our website for details open days and hours - we are always closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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We came in September. It was a beautiful day! When we payed it would have be nice to have been asked if we were tax payers as that would have gained us entrance free for a year... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 26, 2016
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

We came in September. It was a beautiful day! When we payed it would have be nice to have been asked if we were tax payers as that would have gained us entrance free for a year. The house itself is beautiful and there were plenty of people to ask questions.it would have be great if the entrance fee included... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and your lovely comments about the Castle. I was sorry to hear that you weren't given the option to Gift Aid your ticket. As you rightly point out by doing this you would have been able to return throughout the year without needing to pay. Our Ticket Office Team understand... More 

Yateley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Very interesting visit. Guides very knowledgeable. Exhibits well presented. The Alchemist area was most excellent for children.

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

Many thanks for your review. It sounds as if you visited us for our Halloween Event at the end of October. We tried to have a good mixture of fun and entertainment for our younger visitors but still being mindful of other visitors who wished to discover some of our history and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Hope to see you... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We stopped at the Yurt before visiting Berkeley Castle, Loveley sandwiches and more than we could have expected. Will definitely visit again when we are in the area.

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

Thank you for your review. It's great to know that you will visit us again at some time and that you really enjoyed your lunch in The Yurt. Hope to see you again soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

My wife had our July wedding reception in Berkeley Castle and the grounds, and we honestly cannot express how fantastic this venue is for couples getting hitched! From the start we were assigned a wedding co-ordinator, Immy, who couldn't have done more for us. From answering a million silly questions, to sourcing wedding 'props' we could buy online, we felt... More 

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

What a wonderful review and there really couldn't be a better recommendation for any prospective couples thinking of the Castle for their special day. Immy, Pippa and the whole of the weddings team work tirelessly to ensure that all of our couples have the perfect day they deserve and hope for, and I am really pleased that your day was... More 

Mansfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Despite the massive disruption to the castle we managed to see most of it and discover some of the great history. The actors in full costume added to the visit

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

I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that the filming taking place at the time did not detract from the time you spent with us. It can be quite exciting to see the Castle being brought back to life in a different period of time. Our aim is always to do our utmost to ensure that the Castle remains... More 

Thornbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We were given vouchers for the afternoon tea experience and we're not disappointed. Tea and a plethora of cakes and a roaring fire in a baronial hall, what's not to like!

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South Gloucestershire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

I have been to Berkley Castle many times, but this year we went in the summer with our grandson. The Castle caters for small children and luckily there was a lady story teller in the great hall. Children and adults alike sat on cushions and joined in the fun. The butterfly house is another great attraction for young and old.... More 

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

It's so lovely to read how much you enjoy your visits and that you are now introducing your grandson to the Castle as well! We will be running the same offer for Grandparents again this year, during the school summer holidays on Mondays, so really hope you all decide to come and see us again. More 

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The castle is a fascinating place to visit and our guide Jane was excellent. She provided the insights into the castle that only a well trained guide can, but added a very personal presentation. The cafe provides excellent food at very reasonable prices. A great effort was made to engage children (it was half term and halloween when we were... More 

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

It's great to read how much you enjoyed the whole experience of visiting the Castle and I am so pleased that to hear how much you liked your Guided Tour! I have passed your lovely comments on to Jane. We tried to make half term Halloween great fun for the children and it is good to know that your family... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We visited the Castle whilst staying in the local area. It was a brilliant day out, full of history and so very interesting. We agree audio recordings would enhance the visit but nevertheless, this family Castle was steeped in history and artefacts. Added to the visit was the excitement of a film crew there filming The White Princess. This really... More 

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

Thank you for the great review and it's really good to hear that you had such a nice day, soaking up the history of the Castle with the added bonus of being able to enjoy a little of the filming taking place at the time. The Berkeley family are delighted to know how much you appreciated their ancestral home and... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We visited the castle whilst staying in the area.When I visit these historic places I prefer to be supplied with the audio equipment. There were guides but we like to do it alone. We bought. a book and found the castle really interesting. It was decorated for autumn and there were autumn fruits and flowers in corners and fireplaces very... More 

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

It's good to hear that you had an all-round enjoyable day at the Castle and that the Guide Book assisted with your visit. No audio equipment for us yet, but we do appreciate your comments and understand that a guided tour isn't for everyone. We have passed your lovely comments on with regards to the harvest decorations to the wonderful... More 

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