Photo: Linda Bailey

Take a holiday to Berkeley Castle for a time-travelling trip back to the 11th century. This Norman stronghold is the oldest continuously occupied castle in England after the royal residences of the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Because the same family has owned the Gloucestershire castle since 1606, there is ample history preserved and a story behind every item in the castle. Everything has been obtained by members of the family over the centuries, and there are many anecdotal stories that really help bring the castle to life. Come to see relics from ancient battles or the tent lining from the Field of the Cloth of Gold, preserved from 1520 when King Henry VIII of England met King Francis I of France. See if you can find Francis Drake’s sea chest, who was a regular visitor to the castle in Elizabethan times!

However, Berkeley Castle does have a dark history. It is traditionally thought to be the scene of King Edward II’s murder in 1327. What is sure is that he was imprisoned there for a number of months, but no one knows what really caused his untimely death. Tour the cell where he was allegedly murdered and the adjacent 36 ft deep dungeon. It’s up to you to decide whether he was murdered here or died of natural causes!
Explore the castle to see where BBC’s The Ghost Hunter was filmed or travel into the 1500’s to see where the first televised version of The Other Boleyn Girl was filmed.

 

Off A38, Berkeley GL13 9BQ
Tel: + (44) 1453 810332
Times: Opening Times: 11:00am – 5:30pm, April – October, Thursdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays
During School Holidays, Sunday – Thursdays