This property is free for HHA Friends
Home to the Berkeley family for eight and a half centuries, it is probably England's oldest lived-in castle. A majestic structure by the Severn estuary, its Norman shell keep 'slighted' in the Civil War, it has many fine medieval rooms, including a Great Hall, kitchen, the cell in which Edward II was cruelly murdered in 1327 and also a gruesome 'bottle dungeon'.
Features: Gardens formed from a series of terraces around the castle, the oldest terrace and bowling green from the 12th century, and further terraces added in the 1920's. The massive south facing walls create mild conditions for half-hardy plants and trees, including magnolias and tender buddleias.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
2m W of the A38, SE of Berkeley village.
Visitor Opening Times
2017: 2 April - 31 October, Sunday - Wednesday inclusive. Times: 11am–5pm (last guided tour 3.30pm, last entry 4pm). Butterfly House open 1 May - 30 September. Yurt Restaurant open on the same days as Berkeley Castle from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
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