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Berkhamsted Castle


Berkhamsted Castle Trust is run by local volunteers to care for Berkhamsted Castle. We work in partnership with English Heritage to improve the visitor experience and maintain this cherished historic site.

We cannot operate without the kindness of donations from the public to cover our costs. Please consider making a donation to support our work.

If you are visiting the castle, a donation collection box is available inside the visitors’ room (when open), Please ask the volunteer supervising the room. You can also make a donation using any of the methods shown below.


Donate Online

It is possible to donate to us using a variety of online methods. We can accept payments via JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving:

Donate nowwith PayPal Giving Fund UK
PayPal Giving Fund UK, registered charity No. 1110538

Donate by Text

If you would prefer to donate via text message, we are happy to receive your donation that way. Simply text the word CASTLE and the amount up to £20 that you would like to donate to 70085. e.g.:

CASTLE 3 to 70085 to give £3
CASTLE 10 to 70085 to give £10

The amount you donate will then appear on your phone bill, plus your standard network rate message cost.

Our text donation service is provided by Donr Ltd.

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Payroll Giving

One of the most tax efficient ways of donating to us is to commit to a regular donation from your salary. Many employers offer a Payroll Giving / Give as You Earn (GAYE) scheme, and often cover any administrative costs so that everything you donate goes to charity. The most popular scheme is run through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

CAF Give as you Earn

Donations are taken from your salary before tax, which means we receive more of your donation and it costs you less. It also means that we don’t have to claim Gift Aid from HM Revenue & Customs, so there’s less admin for us to do. It means we can get on with the day job of looking after the Castle instead.

Ask your HR or Payroll Manager whether your company has a Payroll Giving / Give as You Earn (GAYE) scheme. If not, contact CAF and they will contact your employer to explain the benefits of such a scheme.


We are happy to receive cheques drawn on a UK bank account, made payable to Berkhamsted Castle Trust. Please send them to:

Berkhamsted Castle Trust
Hilltop House
Gravel Path

Please include your full name and address details, and please also complete and return a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK tax payer.


CAFWe are able to accept Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Charity Vouchers. Please send them to us at:

Berkhamsted Castle Trust
Hilltop House
Gravel Path

Please include your full name and address details with your donation.

Standing Order/Bank Transfer

We are very happy to receive donations by standing order or one-off bank transfer. For security reasons, though, we are not including bank account details here on the web site. Please contact us for details.

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Gift Aid

gift aidWhichever way you choose to donate to us, if you are a UK taxpayer, please also elect to allow us to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation from HM Revenue & Customs by selecting the option when you donate online, responding to the confirmation text message when you donate by text message or returning a Gift Aid declaration with your cheque. If you're a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid makes every £1 you donate to us worth £1.25, because we can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift from HM Revenue & Customs at no extra cost to you.

Berkhamsted Castle Trust a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and registered charity (England and Wales) number 1176286.

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Berkhamsted Castle Trust

Berkhamsted Castle Trust manages the Berkhamsted Castle site in partnership with English Heritage under a Local Management Agreement. Our work includes promoting education about the history Berkhamsted Castle, preserving and maintening the Castle site and improving the visitor experience.