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Berkeley Castle, Berkeley

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Berkeley Castle ( BARK-lee; historically sometimes spelt Berkley Castle or Barkley Castle) is a castle in the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK (grid reference ST685989). The castle's origins date back to the 11th century, and it has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.
The castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century, except for a period of royal ownership by the Tudors. It is traditionally believed to have been the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327.
In 1956 Berkeley Castle was opened to visitors and remains open today.
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  • Excellent, well worth a visit. On our visit lots of activities going with period dress jousting. Excellent tour guides  more »
  • On my England and Wales holiday, one thing I did lots of was visit castles. Some just ruins, some in working order and furnished and done up in all their glory. When travelling overseas, i always...  more »
  • We enjoyed an afternoon round the castle, a demonstration of medieval sword fighting (special event) and then a brief spell in the butterfly house. We didn't fit in the guided tour which is included in the price, and still had a lovely time. Kids (nearly 4 and 6) were sufficiently engaged with a trail activity.
  • A beautiful place to spend the day and the castle has an interesting history. It is worth seeing and being friendly to people in a wheelchair. My favorite spot there is a butterfly greenhouse.

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