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Berkeley Castle Uncovered Exhibition

Sunday 1 – Wednesday 29 September 2019

A Rare and Unique Experience of the Lives Behind Berkeley Castle.

Lovers of history, castles, fashion, gardens, art, and intrigue will be captivated with talks, garden tours and exhibitions, with access to rarely seen exhibits and spaces.   

  • Enter the very cell where King Edward II spent his final days before his notorious murder in 1327.
  • Discover what Mrs Berkeley wore to Charles & Diana's wedding in 1981.
  • Every Monday, Castle Custodian Josh Nash shares three key phases in the building's history.
  • On Tuesdays, Estate Archivist Karen Davidson talks about the Berkeley family’s ownership of the Castle over nearly 900 years! The talk reveals enthralling details of a family feud, the murder of the king and the last private battle fought on English soil.
  • On Wednesdays explore the makings of a Castle garden with a fascinating tour with the Castle's Head Gardener of almost 30 years, Chris Gill.
  • Join Castle Steward, John Pinner, to discover the history behind two Castle paintings and tapestries depicting Greek Myths and Biblical stories.
  • There will also be access to areas that are normally out of bounds to the public. The delightful dahlia-filled Keep Garden is a colourful contrast to the sinister history connected to Kind Edward II's cell, both the garden and the cell will be opened up for the first time in many years.  
  • There will also be an exhibition of Mrs Berkeley's dresses, spanning three decades.
  • The Uncovered exhibition also provides the opportunity to see a collection of 19th Century sporting arms, an exquisitely detailed Saxon ring, a large Berkeley flag and other fascinating items discovered within the Castle walls over the last nine centuries.



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