Children and families
Your ticket includes a guided tour with one of our experienced castle guides, entry to the Butterfly House from May – September, free quizzes and trails inside and outside the Castle, Outdoor Games and a Dressing-up area.
There are also free Arts & Crafts in our Education Room on bank holidays and during the school holidays.
2017 Visitor Opening
We are open from Sunday to Wednesday each week until the end of October.
The Castle is always closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for private events, with the exception of Easter weekend
The Butterfly House is open Sunday to Wednesday inclusive from May to September
What's on for families
Free arts and crafts are available in the Education Centre on bank holidays and throughout the school holidays on open days. There is also a dressing-up area adjacent to this. Enjoy trying out our period costumes and role playing - be the king, queen, prince or princess of Berkeley Castle, a valiant knight or soldier
Pick up one of our new Jester Explorer Sheets, the perfect accompaniment for an active imagination! Explore the grounds and discover some amazing historical facts as you find your way around our extensive grounds. Don’t forget to pack some wellies on wet days!
Our Butterfly House is a delight for all ages of children. Come and view each stage of the life cycle of a butterfly and see how many varieties you can spot. We also have a pond surrounded by tropical plants and birds roaming freely.
There are extensive gardens to explore here on the estate. If you take a walk through The Grove down to the lower lawn there is an outdoor traditional games area to enjoy and plenty of room to run around.
Food and drink
Within the beautiful Walled Garden you will find The Yurt Tea Rooms. They are open for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea. There is a children’s lunch bag available with a choice of sandwiches, a drink, crisps, dried fruit bag and a treat! There is also a child sized panini or jacket potato available.
If you prefer to bring your own provisions, there are plenty of picnic tables in and around the Walled Garden.
Children at the Castle
There are baby changing facilities within the disabled toilets located near The Yurt and also beside the Education Centre.
Because of the many steps there is no access to the Castle with pushchairs and buggies. There will be a Guide at the foot of the entrance steps who will keep an eye on any buggies and pushchairs that have to be left temporarily.
Being a real Castle, there are uneven steps and surfaces, deep water features that could pose a danger to children. Children should therefore be accompanied at all times when visiting the Castle, Gardens and Butterfly House.
Berkeley Castle contains a wealth of information for all types of learning outside of the classroom.