Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1154 and still the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for all the family, hosting special events during school holidays and throughout the year. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last five 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 Berkeley’s 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. Some of the world famous Berkeley silver is on display in the Dining Room and many other rooms including the Great Hall, the Morning Room (the former mediaeval chapel, with its unique painted ceiling) and the kitchens are available to view.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced gardens with flower borders, a lily pond, Elizabeth I’s bowling green and sweeping lawns. From May-September, the visit also includes the tropical Butterfly House in the Walled Garden, which is a tranquil environment for over twenty-five different species of tropical butterflies. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy a stunning display of roses and many rare plants and flowers in Berkeley Castle’s magnificent terraced gardens

Garden photos coming soon…

The following video covering the history of the house and estate is well worth a watch.


View on YouTube

2 Comments CherryPie on May 23rd 2020

2 Responses to “Berkeley Castle”

  1. Let’s hope more places will open after June 15!

    • CherryPie says:

      I have heard from some of the places that I visit. They are working their way towards opening and trying to find the best way to open whilst complying with social distancing rules etc.

      Depending on the property this might be just the grounds for now although one property near me is thinking to open its food facilities and has sent out a survey to see if people would use them if they were open or use a take away service (picnic lunch).

Leave a Reply

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree