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Berkeley Castle

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Wonderful old castle

Beautiful place to spend a day. Castle, gardens and displays. Tudor experiences with Henry V111 and... read more

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lionelw564
Old castle full of history and intrigue

Berkeley Castle is an easy drive from Gloucester and lies in the village of the same name. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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...more
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Canonbury Street, Berkeley GL13 9BQ, England
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Beautiful place to spend a day. Castle, gardens and displays. Tudor experiences with Henry V111 and his 6 wives, plus falconry and jousting displays.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Berkeley Castle is an easy drive from Gloucester and lies in the village of the same name. It was built around 1067 and was reconstructed in the 12th century by the Berkeley family who reside here until today. King Edward II was kept prisoner here...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review and for highlighting that we're an easy drive from Gloucester, we're situated almost half way between the cities of Gloucester and Bristol and only 10 minutes from junctions 13 & 14 of the M5. I'm pleased that you also picked...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

It's about 8 years since we last visited the castle and lots of changes have taken place. The information boards as you walk towards the castle are excellent and there was some fascinating info there. This Easter there was an egg and a dragon hunt...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for a wonderful review! It's so pleasing to read that you had such an enjoyable day here at the Castle. Although we're a relatively small team, we all take a great pride in our work and enjoy interacting with our visitors and sharing...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to visit Berkeley again last weekend because we'd seen an advert for the Tudor Court (Past Times Living History). Its one of a number of Tudor Groups who come to the castle in the Summer but I really think these are the best....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wow, thank you for your enthusiastic and complimentary review! It's great to receive this feedback, we know our Tudor entertainers are extremely popular, they always draw a large crowd. Their new show is excellent, they certainly know how to convey the turbulent times of Henry...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a superb day visiting this castle. Started with a coffee and cake in the cafe and then had a great guided tour round this interesting castle. Every room was different with lots of history. The tour lasted 90 mins but the time flew by....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit, it sounds as though you managed to explore the many different aspects of the Castle. I'm so pleased that you opted to take one of our free guided tours, they come highly recommended! Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the venue itself was very pleasant, I have to say that there are a number of misleading statements. My young children completed the trails which were available ‘throughout the school holiday’. When they wanted to hand it in to collect the ‘treat’ the activity...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm so sorry to read your review, the last thing we want is to leave our visitors feeling misled and disappointed. With regards to the Jester & Dragon quiz, we have several points around the Castle where chocolates or boxes of raisins are available if...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who has a strong interest in castles and visiting them, I must say that Berkeley castle ranks up there with the best of them. We were staying at Tewkesbury and this castle was the number one place we wanted to visit. We arrived...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fantastic review! Thank you so much, I'm so pleased that we met your expectations. Our gift aid offer is great value, especially for those living locally and really helps to make a family day out affordable. Our free guided tours are very popular, the guides...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a free guided tour, with Sarah, who's knowledge and obvious appreciation of the Castle really added to the day. On the day that we visited there was a falconry display and 'Henry VIII and his wives' walking around in full costume. If you...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's good to read that you recommend a visit to Berkeley Castle. Our Tudor days are very popular, we have a packed itinerary of events this year, the Tudors will be making a welcome return later in the season. I'm pleased that you also enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Two of us visited on a Wednesday. We joined a tour for a while but left it after about 30 minutes. The guide was ok but a bit patronising. Also, the talk spent a lot of time on Edward II. I understand Berkeley has a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Berkeley Castle and for taking the time to post a review. I'm pleased that you found the Castle interesting, sorry to hear that you decided to leave the free guided tour. For the sake of other potential visitors it's worth mentioning...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guided tours are optional and free. Our guide, Philip, was excellent and bought the castle to life. Lots of interesting stories about the history and people. Thank you. Also, had a good tea at the yurt cafe. Edward Jenner's House is next door I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jackie P, Manager at Berkeley Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, I'm pleased to read that you opted to take one of our free guided tours, as you say, they certainly bring all of our stories to life. Good to read that you sampled and enjoyed the Yurt as well. Edward...More

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Guest B
November 1, 2017|
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Response from Jackie P | Property representative |
Unfortunately access to the upstairs rooms of the Castle is limited due to the number of steps to get to that area. We do have lots of seats dotted around for people to rest though.
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BrenH17
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Jackie P | Property representative |
No, Berkeley Castle is privately owned, it's not part of the National Trust group of properties.
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August 19, 2016|
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Response from April M | Reviewed this property |
From the webpage for Berkeley Castle: Dogs Regrettably no dogs are allowed other than service dogs. We also respectfully ask that you do not leave pets unattended in vehicles in the car park as there is limited shade in... More
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