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

Tall towers, deep dungeon, grand and gruesome: homely and horrid. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I all stayed here and Edward II was murdered here.

Free castle tours reveal tapestries, paintings and fine silver. Our terraced gardens are filled with unusual plants, a tropical Butterfly House, picnic area and yurt restaurant.

Berkeley has been the location for the filming of The White Princess, Jonny English 3 and the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall & Poldark.

Family activities include arts & crafts, archery, jester skills, Knight School, a wild play area, dressing-up and much more.

Today’s opening hours

Monday 1 April - Wednesday 30 October



Monday 1 April - Wednesday 30 October

Sundays to Wednesdays, 11am to 5pm (last admisson 4pm).

Find Us
Find us

Only 10 minutes from junctions 13 and 14 of the M5, well signposted from the A38.

You can take a bus from the centre of Bristol. The nearest train station is Cam & Dursley, which is about 4 miles away.


Car park on site

  • Free


CJ's Taxis 07840 338889

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets

A word from the owner

Did you know that Shakespeare wrote ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for a Berkeley family wedding! 

More recently we've been used for many interesting film projects and Mr Poldark, Aiden Turner has been here several times.

Things to See

Upcoming events

27 - 30 Oct 2019

All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle

All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle with some Ghastly Goings On!

• An audience with King Henry VIII and 2 beheaded wives

• The Grim executioner will prowl the castle with tales of gore

• Two of Henry’s less fortunate wives will mingle with visitors, telling their sorry tales of how they fell out of favour with the King and what became of them!

• Wise women tell of their latest cures for pesky persistent plagues or pestilent pustules ..... talk to them and maybe they could cure your ills but be warned, they may be healers ….or perhaps witches!

• Beware the gaolers, they are actively recruiting and will try to lure you into their less than salubrious accommodation ... so make sure you behave!

• Try your hand or rather feet at Tudor dancing

• Spooky stories 

The Great Hall


Berkeley Castle is a magical venue to host a wedding. With the beautiful gardens, the stunning Lily Pond, and the majestic Great Hall, each element of your wedding is covered.

Berkeley Castle is an incredible family home, full of history and romance and each bride & groom will be made to feel completely at home throughout their day. There is a dedicated wedding planner who will ensure the day runs smoothly and that all the guests have a wonderful time. Rain or shine, the Castle can cater for any weather, with our beautiful grounds in the summer, to our roaring fires in the winter.


  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Berkeley Castle is so special because it is an incredible historic home and because you are a team that make it feel like a home. Thank you for making our day extraordinary.

Bride & Groom

Berkeley Castle is so special because it is an incredible historic home and because you are a team that make it feel like a home. Thank you for making our day extraordinary.

Bride & Groom


Having undergone a major renovation in early 2015, this beautiful, characterful town house sleeps 18-20 guests and is set on the Berkeley Estate, just a few minutes' walk from the Castle.

Steeped in history with bags of character throughout, this Grade II listed house has stunning, modern amenities and stylish furnishings. With lots of different spaces from the luxurious open plan kitchen/diner with dining table to seat 20, to the welcoming living space & cosy snug. 

There are 9 gorgeous bedrooms sleeping 18-20 guests with 7 beautiful bathrooms. Outside is a big garden with patio area and BBQ, perfect for a get together the day after the wedding!

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Berkeley Castle is an ideal venue for a corporate event. With two large functions room, along with fascinating guided tours for every guest, and the choice of a buffet or formal meal, we can cater for many different corporate function.

Our extensive grounds are perfect for team building activities from archery to falconry and even circus skill workshops. You will have a personal corporate event manager to organise your day and make sure everything runs smoothly.

We have 2 function rooms with a capacity from 40 to 130 and dining facilities from a buffet to formal 3 course meal. 

Our gardens perfect for team building activities and we can offer guided tours of the Castle.


  • Overnight accommodation
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Hearing loops
  • Lunch

School Visits

We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools.