Heritage Open Days 2021
Heritage Open Days are back!
We are delighted that we will be able to take part once again in Heritage Open Days! In September, historic sites across England will throw open their doors again to celebrate their heritage, community and history. The theme this year will be “Edible England”, celebrating national food and cuisine. Here in Berkhamsted, the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society are offering a number of fascinating free tours of local historic sites. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences!
Berkhamsted Castle Tours
From 10-19 September, we will be offering FREE guided tours of Berkhamsted Castle, the best remaining example of a motte and bailey castle in the country. Numbers will be limited to 10 people per session, so booking is essential. In response to demand we are now offering extra tours on Saturday 19 September.
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About Berkhamsted Castle
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.