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“Very nice day out”
Review of Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Went out for the last day of the season for a look around with a friend. We did the guided tour which I strongly recommend, our guide Linda was brilliant, she had a fantastic knowledge of the castle and the previous inhabitants. She guided us through all the room and explained all of the important aspects within. I would recommend you do the tour then go back around for a second look as with the nature of any tour it is relatively fast moving, not rushed though,

The castle was beautiful and although not very big there were lots of artworks and unique furniture to look at. The views over the countryside were beautiful. Unfortunately Dr Jenner's how was closed (closed late September) but most of the season is open, would have been good to see so quite disappointed it wasn't open.

The church of St Mary was a nice little church with some wonderful effigies and famous grave markers.

Really recommend her for a quick visit, don't think it would be an all day affair but a nice stop off.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

We stopped here on our way to the Cotswolds and were not disappointed at all. This is a rather impressive Castle and Grounds, really not that far off the M5 highway at all.
Plenty of parking as well. Be sure to take the hourly guided tours! We had such an excellent guide, who gave us so much detailed information and stories that the hour just flew by! So hard to fathom all the history that has taken place here over the years. Dates from the 11 Century although has been modified since. The Berkeley family has had quite a history here for nearly 1000 years!

Was surprised at how good a shape the castle was - it clearly has had good care and upkeep. Some highlights were the large Elizabethan room where you could almost picture the Queen dancing on the 1500's tiles, as well as the chest from Sir Frances Drake. There were so many different rooms that we got to see - absolutely fascinating!
Nice little gift shop where you get your ticket, as well as a nice garden in bloom to wonder through. As you walk in there is also a long "parade" of signs that describe quite a historical timeline of the castle - well worth reading as you move along.

When we were there, they still had material set up for the filming of the STARZ movie "the Spanish Princess" (Sequel to "the White Queen"). Apparently, the Castle draws income from film locations, weddings, parties, and more.

Don't miss this underrated castle!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

This wonderful old castle dates back to the 11th century and after hundreds of years of intriguing history is still lived in by the Berkeley family. A free tour given by experienced guides adds another dimension that you would not get by simply wandering around on your own. Considering the age of the castle it is in an amazing state of repair, obviously loved and well looked after, the gardens are also a lovely place to wander with the whole thing being set in beautiful countryside. A visit not to be missed if you are in the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

In glorious autumn sunshine, Berkeley is a magnetic draw. Black Knight Historical once again provided the half term magic and wizardry, particularly effective in the beer cellar, transformed for the purpose to resemble a Hogwarts style academy. This is no gimmick: these guys really know their stuff, skillfully combining the educational elements within the entertainment. Hats off to all the staff who go to the greatest lengths in transforming the whole Castle for the duration. We did witness a genuinely unsavoury encounter: having gained unauthorized entry, three late arrivals resorted to a tirade of abuse when invited to leave by (we presumed) a family member walking her dogs; she was clearly shaken by their unnecessarily thuggish behaviour.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

What an interesting history this castle has. Great for adults and with a jester trail for juniors. We were lucky enough to have a passionate and knowledgeable guide whose enthusiasm was infectious. I normally can’t retain all the info but the story telling was so good I have retold some of her stories to our friends and family, would highly recommend a visit here. Guided tours were on the hour. Visit the on site cafe. Good value.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Angela B
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