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Berkhamsted Castle

Visit Berkhamsted Castle Today

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

 Opening hours

Daily 10:00—16:00
Closed now Open tomorrow at 10:00

Much Ado About Nothing

Come and experience an open-air performance of one of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the historic ruins of Berkhamsted Castle.

The Deer Park

Berkhamsted Castle Trust is looking at opportunities to enhance the visitor experience across the historic deer park, with potential new interpretation and signage along existing footpaths.

Edward the Black Prince

Edward of Woodstock, known to history as the Black Prince, was one of the most successful commanders in the Hundred Years’ War, Read how he led England to victory over France from his centre of operations at Berkhamsted Castle.

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.

The Dukes of Cornwall

Berkhamsted Castle was once the administrative centre of the Duchy of Cornwall. Learn about the Earls and Dukes of Cornwall who once walked within these walls

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.

Support us

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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Tripadvisor reviews

julie m
julie m
Great for kids to run around! wasnt crowded at all, great place for the kids to play hide and seek, history was interesting too, and very engaging
Nice ruined castle to have a look around A fun place to look around, but not much else to do as it's mainly ruins of stone walls, which is to be expected. It's a peaceful place to go for a morning walk, and has free entry.
Peaceful. Near train station, there's parking nearby or at station. The castle is mostly ruins, on Sundays there are volunteers who are at the house just inside the entrance telling all about the history. Lovely place to sit, read, walk or picnic. Shame it's not open later in the summer.
Chris L
Chris L
Interesting piece of heritage We are members with English Heritage which is how we found this location but appears to be free to enter. This is one of the oldest castle's we've been to see and you can really get a sense of scale of the motte and bailey, you can climb to the top of where the defensive part would be and it's a decent view. Some interesting information available and we spoke to a lovely lady volunteer who spoke to us a bit more about the history.
Ben A
Ben A
Sunny morning walk The castle itself are ruins rather than preserved which is representative by free entry. You can walk both around the remains or on the ring of the former rampart. However to get up to the rampart and motte you do need to climb steps so are not accessible to all. The sun was shining during my visit and there wasn’t many people around which made the experience even better.
Un château en ruine certes, mais un château plein d'histoire Quand vous descendez du train à la gare de Berkhamsted, le château est à vos pieds. C'est un endroit très agréable pour pique-niquer, et on peut suivre le chemin surplombant la douve en pleine nature. Le château vous offre une petite salle d'exposition où on vous explique les moments forts de cet endroit: vous y verrez Guillaume le Conquérant, Aliénor d'Aquitaine, Jean le Bon, et le Prince Noir entre autres. De quoi être en bonne compagnie. Aussi, de très belles promenades le long du canal, avec des canal boats pittoresques.