Gloucestershire has many hidden gems when it comes to tourist attractions and Berkeley Castle is one of the brightest of them all. Having stayed in the same family since the 12th century, which is no mean feat, this castle has seen it all from parliamentarian sieges too the murder of Edward the 2nd. The castle, although once a fortification too keep out the marauding Welsh has seen an awful lot of aggression within its walls, but there is still hint of fairytale within its demeanour. The atmosphere nowadays however is a lot calmer and you can get a tour around the castle from Sunday to Wednesday. On the other days the castle is the perfect back drop for brides getting married, and other events that happen within its ground. I absolutely loved my time here and I am positive that I will be returning again at some point in the future.
The Berkeley family welcome you to Berkeley Castle, their ancient fortress home where they have lived since their ancestor, Robert Fitzharding, completed the Keep in the late 12th Century.
The history played out within Berkeley Castle's walls make it one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and the family hope that you will visit them to experience its special atmosphere.
This intriguing castle has been the home of the Berkeley family for more than 850 years and was recently featured on the BBC's 'Britain's Hidden Heritage' programme. 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. The Butterfly House reopens on 1 May, walk amongst the stunning butterflies. A visit to the Yurt Tearoom is also a must! Please check our website for open days and hours.