Berkeley Castle ( BARK-lee; historically sometimes spelt Berkley Castle or Barkley Castle) is a castle in the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. The castle's origins date back to the 11th century, and it has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.Using our online itinerary creator, Berkeley attractions like Berkeley Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century, except for a period of royal ownership by the Tudors. It is traditionally believed to have been the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327.
In 1956 Berkeley Castle was opened to visitors and remains open today.
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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... more »
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... more »
We enjoyed an afternoon round the castle, a demonstration of medieval sword fighting (special event) and then a brief spell in the butterfly house. We didn't fit in the guided tour which is included in the price, and still had a lovely time. Kids (nearly 4 and 6) were sufficiently engaged with a trail activity.
A beautiful place to spend the day and the castle has an interesting history. It is worth seeing and being friendly to people in a wheelchair. My favorite spot there is a butterfly greenhouse.
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