Venues Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle
  • Grand 11th-century castle in Gloucestershire
  • Beautiful Grade-I listed building
  • Surrounded by 6,000 acres of scenic farmland
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies with up to 150 guests
  • Dedicated staff, passionate about unique weddings
  • Complimentary bridal cottage for the newlyweds

Initially built in 1067, this magical Grade I-listed Norman castle has been home to the Berkeley dynasty for the past 860 years. An outstanding example of medieval architecture, the castle has remained largely unchanged over the centuries, and everywhere you roam you'll stumble across historic arrow slits, unusual tapestries, majestic log fires and exquisite portraits.

Numerous Kings and Queens have graced Berkeley Castle with their presence over the years, most notably Edward II and Elizabeth I. The Great Hall and Dining Room are both licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies with up to 150 guests, and with its imposing stained-glass windows and atmospheric tapestries, the Great Hall also makes an exceptional location for splendid banquets.

Included in the charges for a wedding celebration at Berkeley Castle is an overnight stay and a champagne breakfast for the newlyweds at Blossom Cottage, and for an additional surcharge guests are very welcome to stay over at Brook House (sleeps 20).

About

Built immediately after the Norman Conquest by William FitzOsbern, this beautiful medieval fortress and estate have been home to the Berkeley family since 1153. Steeped in history, every room in this ancient home tells a story:- Queen Elizabeth I visited Berkeley with the Earl of Leicester, it is believed that Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream for the great granddaughter of Henry VIII, who married Lord Thomas Berkeley here in the late 16th century, and Jonathan Swift spent much time here, which later inspired him to write Gulliver's Travels.

The castle is surrounded by 6,000 acres of farmland, including a medieval deer park, a stretch of the River Severn, colourful and picturesque gardens featuring delicate flowerbeds and lily-ponds, and a spectacular stone staircase - a brilliant backdrop for some stunning wedding photographs!

Weddings

Berkeley Castle has two grand chambers licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies.

The Great Hall - Featuring exquisite stained-glass windows, an ornate ceiling and Oudenarde tapestries, this 14th-century hall has over the years entertained many Kings and Queens, and is a wonderful location for ceremonies with 150 guests, or banquets for 130.

The Long Drawing Room - Famed for its superb series of wall mirrors, this elegant, intimate room is ideal for wedding ceremonies with 70 guests, and seats 30 for a formal dinner.

Berkeley Castle's dedicated staff are passionate about creating unforgettable, unique weddings for each and every couple. From your very first consultation to the wedding day itself, the whole team will be on hand to offer inspiration, guidance and advice.

For the newlyweds, an overnight stay in the cosy English country Blossom Cottage is included in the hire of the castle, and for an additional surcharge, up to 20 guests are welcome to stay at Brook House.

Catering

Mouthwatering bespoke wedding menus are produced by the handpicked independent supplier, Napier Catering, who would be happy to work closely with your budget and personal tastes to design, create and serve the banquet of your dreams!

Send Pippa an enquiry to arrange a viewing, and this magnificent castle could be exclusively yours for your special day! Simply click the 'Email this business' button above, or reveal the telephone number and give her a call.

Address
Berkeley Castle
Berkeley
Gloucestershire
GL13 9BQ
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