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Berkeley Castle

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Address: Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9PJ, England
Phone Number: 441453810303
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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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This is a really lovingly presented castle. I can't quite put my finger on why we enjoyed ourselves so much but I think it was the lack of corporate feel that you get at National... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a really lovingly presented castle. I can't quite put my finger on why we enjoyed ourselves so much but I think it was the lack of corporate feel that you get at National Trust properties these days. It felt warmly welcoming and we were able to dip in and out of the castle and go back to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Castle was very interesting for a family visit, especially the spitboy performance and the butterfly house. Food in the yurt was excellent - best food I've ever had at an attraction, and very good value

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A gorgeously looked after castle steeped in history with a lot of original features. A warm atmosphere with friendly staff. step back in time!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your trip to Berkeley Castle, I'm glad you enjoyed it! We're very fortunate to have both a wonderful castle and an excellent team of staff here. I hope you visit us again soon! More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place, lovely grounds, events happening in the six week hols, nice tea rooms and the butterfly house is included in the price

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

Thank you for your review of your visit to Berkeley Castle. We always like for there to be plenty to do here, so in the school holidays we put lots of extra events on, more details of which can be found on the 'What's On' section of our website. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit - I hope you come... More 

Bucks, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited this lovely castle and home on Monday along with my husband and daughter. It is a delightful place with a lot of history attached and well kept gardens. It also has a Butterfly House which is included in the entry price. We took a picnic as the grounds have a picnic area but there is also a nice... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This castle is steeped in history of England as well as the USA (Berkeley, CA, etc). Although not a classical castle of the middle ages becuase of additions during the centuries it still is the home of the original Earls of Berkeley. Very recomendable is to take a tour which is included in the ticket price. It is worth it... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit to Berkeley Castle. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your guided tour. Visitors are always free to make their own way round the castle by themselves, but we have a wonderful team of guides here, so it seems a shame not to take advantage of one of their tours!... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved walking around and seeing the beautiful grounds. Highly recommend coming to the castle and seeing the stunning views.

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

Thank you for your recommendation of Berkeley Castle. It is a wonderful place here, and I'm glad you were able to take in all of the beautiful views! More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely time walking around and will be back again. Beautiful views and would easily spend a day here. Will visit again with family.

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate the importance of there being plenty to do and see at Berkeley Castle for everyone, so I'm glad you felt it was easy to spend time here. Hopefully you will visit us again in the future! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here one afternoon , the castle its self is just beautiful, kept up together and lots of history to it. The best part was the grounds just breathtaking. The upkeep of them was superb, beautiful flowers very tranquil and relaxing. To top our visit off we had a lovely coffee in the cafe , the staff were very friendly,... More 

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

Thank you for such a wonderful review of your visit to Berkeley Castle. It is amazing place here and we are lucky to have such a great team of staff here who keep the castle and all of its grounds in such beautiful condition. I hope we will see you here again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castle is one of the March Castles, built to keep out the Welsh. It has all the trappings to match: trip steps designed to make the enemy stumble during an assault, arrow slits, murder holes, enormous barred doors, slots where the portcullis once fell, and worn stones where sentries stood guard. Built 9 Centuries ago it is the oldest... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed comments about your visit to Berkeley Castle - I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip. The Castle has such a rich history, and I'm glad you were able to see the butterfly house too! More 

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