Berkhamsted Castle Guided Tours - Heritage Open Days 2019

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Berkhamsted Castle

White Hill

Berkhamsted

HP4 1LJ

United Kingdom

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Free guided tour of this fine motte and bailey castle with many royal associations led by an experienced archaeologist and Trustee of BCT.

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Berkhamsted Castle Trust is offering free guided tours of Berkhamsted Castle, a typical Norman motte and bailey castle, built originally as a timber structure by William the Conqueror's half-brother, Robert of Mortain. It is considered to be the best remaining example of a motte and bailey castle in the country.

Located just 25 miles outside London, Berkhamsted Castle is steeped in over 950 years of history. It was here that the Anglo-Saxons surrendered to William, Duke of Normandy in December 1066, and he became “The Conqueror”. In later years, the castle was occupied variously by (amongst others) the Earls of Cornwall, Edward the Black Prince, Archbishop Thomas Becket, Geoffrey Chaucer and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (mother of Edward IV and Richard III, and who died at the castle in 1495). The castle was also given as a gift to the first three of Henry VIII's wives. The castle site is now a scheduled ancient monument, and remains owned by HRH The Prince of Wales, in right of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Begin your historical adventure today!

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Max 30 people per tour/session. Tour takes approximately 1 hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The nearest toilets are on platform 4 of Berkhamsted railway station. As well as guided tours there are 16 panels in the Visitor Room, depicting history of castle. Dogs are only allowed if on leads. There are some parking places close to castle entrance but several paying car parks in the vicinity.

Access

Wheelchair access to visitor room and bailey. Pushchairs except for motte. There are some steep slopes and some paths can be slippery after rain. Young children should be supervised.

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Berkhamsted Castle

White Hill

Berkhamsted

HP4 1LJ

United Kingdom

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