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Berkeley Castle

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3leggedchair wrote a review Oct 2020
Witney, United Kingdom8 contributions
Our visit in half-term week leading up to Halloween made our experience different. The castle interior was heavily decorated with false cobwebs and Hallowe’en paraphernalia. The castle layout was very interesting and showed its development over the centuries. During our visit the gardens were bathed in late afternoon sunlight that highlighted the autumn colours and enhanced the pink colours of the castle walls. We were also able to enjoy Past Times Living History’s performance of Henry VIII with two of his six wives and wise women - it was educational as well as highly entertaining due to “Henry’s” ad-libs and interaction with the audience- an audience that included many children who knew their history well. We will arrange to return in The new season so that we can fully appreciate the interior.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Jenny-Low-BC, Manager at Berkeley Castle
Responded Nov 3, 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Castle in 2021 when life will, hopefully, have returned to normal!
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hsp65 wrote a review Oct 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
We were so impressed with the Halloween event at the castle today. Everyone must have worked so hard to get it Covid compliant and decorated for Halloween. It was a shame to miss the guided tours which I understand are usually excellent, but the staff who were scattered around were so kind in talking to us in between having to manage Covid restrictions over their walkie-talkies. There is so much history there and so many great anecdotes. The rooms are stunning and so well preserved. If only the walls could talk! The Past Times Living History group who were there as Henry VIII and his 2 beheaded wives (along with the apothecary who sewed their heads back on for the occasion!) as well as Elizabeth I and an exectutioner and a jailer. They were absolutely fantastic. My 9 year old daughter is really interested in fashion history and they kindly took time to chat to us and show us their home made costumes, which were exquisite. It was our first visit but I'm sure we'll be back when the maids have cleaned away all those cobwebs!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Jenny-Low-BC, Manager at Berkeley Castle
Responded Nov 3, 2020
Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased to hear that you had a lovely visit to the Castle. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.
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906pennyg wrote a review Oct 2020
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
I visited today with my 9yr old Granddaughter. The whole place, especially the Castle had been well decorated with Halloween items. All staff very friendly and helpful, the one way system was well signposted and the King Henry session was excellent. A brilliant King Henry who was informative and amusing. There was a good treasure dragon trail round the garden although no treasure for those who completed it successfully. We missed not having a tour guide or perhaps something for children to do inside the castle. Luckily the brilliant halloween decorations gave them something of interest. There were refreshments available but the coffee machine hadn’t been working all day. We did, however, have a very nice hot chocolate instead. I think Berkeley Castle had made a great effort to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone in this current climate and we shall definitely be revisiting.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Jenny-Low-BC, Manager at Berkeley Castle
Responded Nov 2, 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle for Halloween. We are looking forward to re-opening in 2021 when we hope to resume some sort of Guided Tour.
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PurpleBrolly wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom269 contributions85 helpful votes
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This castle, still owned by the Berkley family, is well worth a visit even during the current restrictions. It is easy to book online and the castle team have done well with the virus guidelines, we felt safe. The tiered gardens are beautifully planted, you follow a one-way route around them. There are normally tours around the castle but now a limited number of visitors are allowed in at any one time. There are explanatory notes in every room but we missed having an actual human guide to listen to (they usually have great tales to tell!) We had a tasty soup with a savoury scone and a nice slice of cake in the courtyard. There are fine views from this 'March Castle' , we were lucky to visit on a sunny Autumnal day so spent a good few hours in this special space.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Jenny-Low-BC, Manager at Berkeley Castle
Responded Oct 23, 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. We hope that you will return once our Guided Tours are back up and running.
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CheekyLondon wrote a review Oct 2020
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom1,378 contributions478 helpful votes
We visited here on a Sunday afternoon in October. We pre-booked our tickets, as required under Covid rules. Everything is well organised at the castle. As you approach the castle, there are large captions explaining the ongoing history. A warm welcome awaited by the staff who explained what to expect on the tour. I was surprised how much of the castle is open to the public. It has an amazing feel - you can appreciate the history of the original keep and see enough of the original parts to know how old it is. Additionally, you can appreciate how it has evolved over the hundreds of years to make it a comfortable family home. A very unique experience. I loved being able to see the changing history of the castle and this is explained very well. The paintings artefacts and china all help to understand the history. The old kitchens and cellars are particularly interesting. And then the grounds - even in the rain these are breathtaking. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in history to visit this castle. There is a butterfly house too, which is not open at the moment due to cover. In the grounds there is a Walled Garden Cafe in a yurt and we had a lovely cream tea here. The kitchen gardens are worth a visit too.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Jenny-Low-BC, Manager at Berkeley Castle
Responded Oct 9, 2020
Thank you for your fantastic review of your recent visit to the Castle. It is great to hear how much you love the history - we are planning some fascinating exhibitions in the coming years so I hope you will be able to return to enjoy these too.
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