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Fabulous Norman Castle, so much to see and do for every member of the family. Free guided tours. Butterfly House. Yurt Tearoom. Woodland Play. Dressing-up area. 8 acres of gardens & grounds.
Berkeley Castle is considered by many to be a hidden gem; it was built in 1153 by the Berkeley family, who still live there. Over the centuries it has changed from a foreboding fortress to a welcoming family home. Travel throughout time and history, from the Keep with its dungeon, the room where Edward II is said to have been murdered, to the Drawing Rooms with their fine upholstery, chandeliers and silver lamps. Visitors can see superb tapestries, silverware, paintings from the 16th-20th centuries, fine furniture and a unique spider’s web ceiling. The Castle provides a great day out for families with its dressing up area, woodland play, Jester Dragon Hunt, quizzes and trails. Free school holiday activities include archery, jousting, falconry, jester skills, dragons, living history displays, as well as the occasional visit from his Tudor majesty, Henry VIII and his six wives! Discover more about the Berkeley family who were involved in many significant events throughout England’s rich history; make up your own mind about the love story involving Mary Cole and the 5th Earl of Berkeley; find out which play Shakespeare wrote for a family wedding. The Castle has been used as a filming location for many period dramas including The White Princess, Wolf Hall, Poldark, The Hollow Crown, The Spanish Princess and Johnny English Strikes Again. Surrounded by 8 acres of gardens and grounds make sure you take time to stroll along the terraces and admire herbaceous borders filled with unusual plants. Relax by the Lily pond and enjoy the gladed woodland area. Walk amongst free-flying butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House. The cosy and quirky Yurt Restaurant serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks and light lunches and is a great space to unwind and enjoy the view of the Walled Garden. This award winning Castle has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 6 years in a row and has also been awarded Silver in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards and Highly Commended in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards. Henry II gave the Castle to the family in 1153, it has received royal guests ever since: Edward II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the Countess of Wessex and the late Queen Mother have all been to Berkeley Castle. Why not add YOUR name to that impressive list of visitors?
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