With a remarkable history, stunning grounds and plenty of children’s activities, Berkeley Castle offers a fantastic day out for all ages.
The beautiful and historic Berkeley Castle, situated on the edge of The Cotswolds, was built in 1153 and remains the home of the Berkeley family today. It's a great day out for all the family, hosting special events during school holidays and throughout the year, and has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for nine consecutive years.
The Castle, which dominates the Vale of Berkeley, is steeped in over 860 years of British history. It is best known as the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327, and for being besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1645. Over 24 generations of the Berkeley family have gradually transformed a Norman fortress into the lovely family home it is today.
The state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, rare paintings and English and continental tapestries. Many other rooms including the Great Hall, Morning Room (the former medieval chapel, with its unique painted ceiling) and the kitchens are open to the public.
The Castle is open to visitors on selected days from April – November, and all year round for weddings, receptions and private hire.
The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced gardens with flower borders, a lily pond, Queen Elizabeth I’s bowling green and sweeping lawns. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy a stunning display of roses and many rare plants and flowers in Berkeley Castle’s magnificent terraced gardens in June and July with admission included within the entry cost to the Castle.
Berkeley Castle has also been used on many occasions for filming and has been featured in TV dramas such as The Other Boleyn Girl, Nostradamus, Dick & Dom, Father Brown, BBC 2's Wolf Hall, Poldark, The White Princess and Johnny English Strikes Again. In addition, Berkeley Castle has been used for documentaries such as Princes in Waiting, Great Country Houses, Dead Famous and Horse & Country TV’s epic, ‘Berkeley – An English Country Estate.'
Berkeley Castle is located in the historic town of Berkeley, located just off the A38 between Bristol & Gloucester on the edge of the Cotswolds, just a half-hour drive from Bristol city centre.