Berkeley: A Village With A Lived In Castle (2023)

Berkeley, serene, Cotswolds’ hills whisper sweet love, nature’s heart unveiled


This charming town in the Cotswolds (designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966) is known for its fascinating history, beautiful architecture, and stunning countryside.

The Cotswolds spans six counties and boasts picturesque villages, lush green meadows, and honey-colored limestone buildings, magnificent stately homes, ancient churches, outstanding local produce and amazing artisans.

From exploring quaint, hidden-away villages to uncovering the secrets of Britain’s captivating history, it is an area filled with wonders, and Berkeley is a genuine treasure.

Here, there’s an ancient castle, which is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the Cotswolds.

Berkeley Castle is a well-preserved medieval castle and is the oldest building in the country to be lived in by the same people who built it, 24 generations of the Berkeley family.

The Family can trace their ancestors from father to son back to Saxon times; the only family in England still in existence to do this.

Ticket prices for the castle and gardens are (as at April 2023): Adult: £14.50, Children (age 3 – 16): £7.50, Concession (full-time student or aged 65+): £13.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children): £40.00 and Children under 3 are free. Tel: 01453 810303. Watch their videos here.

Once you’ve visited the castle, head over to Dr Jenner’s House. Edward Jenner invented the smallpox vaccine and this historic site is filled with interesting artefacts and has the world’s first vaccination clinic (Temple of Vaccinia) in the garden.

Berkeley is surrounded by beautiful countryside and offers a range of walking routes that take you through some of the Cotswolds’ most stunning landscapes. And there’s also a circular walk through the town, across the castle grounds, and back again.

There are a range of accommodation options, including the Berkeley Arms Hotel and several holiday cottages available for rent in the area.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or just want to explore the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, Berkeley is the perfect destination.

There are many great local markets to visit in the Cotswolds, offering a range of local produce and artisanal goods and here are three suggestions::

1. Stroud Farmers’ Market: This award-winning market takes place every Saturday in Stroud and offers a wide range of locally grown produce, including fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products.

2. Burford Garden Company: This market offers a range of artisanal goods, including handmade chocolates, locally brewed beers, and handcrafted pottery.

3. Gloucester Quays: This market, in the historic Gloucester Docks, offers local produce and artisanal goods, and street food vendors.

Heathrow Airport to Berkeley takes two hours by car and is easily accessible from London, making it a convenient location and, with a range of accommodation options, the Cotswolds is a perfect location for a short or long trip.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

If you want to explore the Cotswolds more, there are dozens of hamlets, villages and towns to visit including LongboroughLower SlaughterOddington and Mickleton.

If you’re looking for ideas on where to visit in the Cotswolds, our comprehensive 5-day itinerary or look at our homepage.


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