The West Country Sights

Berkeley Castle

  • Off A38 Map It
  • Berkeley
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

In the sleepy village of Berkeley (pronounced bark-ley), this castle is perfectly preserved, down to its medieval turrets, and full of family treasures. It witnessed the murder of King Edward II in 1327—the cell in which it occurred can still be seen. Edward was betrayed by his French consort, Queen Isabella, and her paramour, the earl of Mortimer. Roger De Berkeley, a Norman knight, began work on the castle in 1153, and it has remained in the family ever since. Magnificent furniture, tapestries, and pictures fill the state apartments, but even the ancient buttery and kitchen are interesting. Guided tours and entry to the Butterfly House (May–September) are included in the ticket price. The castle is 20 miles north of Bristol, accessed from M5.

Sight Information


Off A38, Berkeley, GL13 9BQ, England

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Sight Details:

  • £10
  • Apr.–Oct., Sun.–Wed. 11–5; last admission at 4, last tour at 3:30

Published 08/18/2015


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