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Berkhamsted Castle

Berkhamsted Castle Trust

Welcome to one of England's hidden heritage hotspots. 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”. Within these walls have walked numerous English Kings and Queens, Thomas Becket, Edward the Black Prince and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Begin your historical adventure today!

 

 

Welcome to one of England's hidden heritage hotspots. 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”. Within these walls have walked numerous English Kings and Queens, Thomas Becket, Edward the Black Prince and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Begin your historical adventure today!

 

Visit Berkhamsted Castle Today

Berkhamsted Castle is only only 35 minutes by train from London, nestled in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

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Daily 10:00—18:00
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Heritage Open Days are back!

In response to popular demand, we are now offering extra guided tours of Berkhamsted Castle on Saturday 18 September

The Black Prince

One of Berkhamsted Castle's most noted residents was was the "Black Prince", Edward of Woodstock, son of King Edward III. He fought at the battles of Crécy (1346) and Poitiers (1356)

Thomas Becket, Saint & Martyr

In the 1150s, Thomas Becket rebuilt Berkhamsted Castle. His murder shook the Middle Ages and he became revered as England's greatest saint

950 years of History

For centuries, Berkhamsted Castle was a royal stronghold. From the Norman Conquest onward, kings, queens and princes lived within the castle walls and shaped the course of English history.

Discover a Heritage Hotspot

Explore the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle with this interactive guide – discover the hidden history of a royal palace and the site of an ancient siege.

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Berkhamsted Castle Trust is run by local volunteers to promote and preserve our precious heritage. Find out how you can help us by donating or volunteering.

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