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Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

01453 810303


About Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle & Butterfly House – a great day out for every generation!

Berkeley is a stunning mediaeval castle which has been the home of the Berkeley family since 1153.

Family activities include Jousting, Archery, Falconry, Jester Skills, Knights Sword Fighting, Wild Play Area, Dressing-up, Treasure Hunts, Arts & Crafts and much more. See the website for detailed information.

Location for the filming of Johnny English 3, The White Princess and the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall & Poldark.

Tall Towers, Dungeon, majestic Great Hall, elegant Drawing Rooms, see the cell where an English King, Edward II was held captive and subsequently murdered. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I stayed there; Shakespeare wrote ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for a Berkeley family wedding.

Free castle tours reveal tapestries, paintings and fine silver. 8 acres of gardens and grounds, tropical Butterfly House, picnic area and Yurt Tearoom. 

Groups welcomed with your own Guided Tour.

Berkeley Castle Opening Times 2020

Castle reopens on Sunday 29 March 2020 until the end of October. OPENING DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Sunday to Wednesday inclusive. Always closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of Easter weekend.

The Butterfly House is open Sunday to Wednesday inclusive from May to September

Time: 11am - 5pm. Last guided tour at 3.30pm and last entry 4pm

The Butterfly House is open from May - September

Berkeley Castle Admission Charges 2020

Castle, gardens and Butterfly House

  • Adults £14
  • Child £7 (3 - 16)
  • Concession £12.50
  • Under 3's free
  • Family (2+2) £39

Special Exhibitions at Berkeley Castle

Ghosts of Berkeley Castle Sculpture Exhibition
Berkeley Castle have teamed up with local artist Jackie Lantelli, whose ghostlike sculptures of WWI soldiers at Slimbridge brought hordes of visitors to the churchyard last November. 
The exhibition promises to have just as much of a ‘wow factor’ and will include sculptures of Edward II, doomed in his cell; Elizabeth I, ready with her crossbow to kill the Earl of Berkeley’s prize stags and Dicky Pearce, the jester who fell from the Minstrel’s Gallery.  It promises to be an unmissable exhibition with many other sculptures to spot as you wander around the Castle’s grand rooms and grounds.

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