Berkhamsted Castle | Hours & Facilities

Berkhamsted Castle

Hours & Facilities


Opening Hours

 Summer Daily 10:am—6:pm
 Winter Daily 10:am—4:pm
Christmas Day & New Years Day   Closed

There is no charge to visit Berkhamsted Castle. It's free for everyone!

mobile phoneBerkhamsted Castle Trust works in partnership with English Heritage to manage and maintain the site under a Local Management Agreement. The Castle site is staffed entirely by local volunteers. We rely on generosity of visitors to help us to look after the Castle.

Please consider making a donation online, or donate using your mobile phone – simply text CASTLE 3 to 70085 to give £3 (or any amount up to £20)

Castle Facilities

  Toilets: Unfortunately we do not have toilets on-site. The nearest toilets are in Berkhamsted railway station, just across the road.
🐕 Dogs: You are welcome to bring your dog. Please keep your dog on a lead and bring waste bags.
Food & drink: We don't have any refreshment facilities in the castle. There is a small coffee bar in the railway station across the road, and the castle is very close to Berkhamsted town centre, which has a wide selection of family-friendly cafes and restaurants
Visitors' room: on some bank holidays and weekends in the summer, our visitors' room is open in the Keeper's Lodge in the outer ward. There's an interesting display of castle history and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Rubbish: there is a litter bin right outside the Castle gate on the corner. You are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the Castle, but please take your bottles, cans, food wrappers etc away and do not leave them in the Castle grounds, as our unpaid volunteers have to pick it all up.
Recycling: the nearest recycling facility is in the Waitrose car park, 5 minute's walk away, where you can drop glass, plastic and paper items.


Parking near the Castle

There is no parking available on-site. There is very limited on-street parking on White Hill and on nearby streets, but please be mindful of neighbours and local access when you park.

Car Parks

There several pay & display car parks near to the castle (not managed by the Castle Trust):

 Map Berkhamsted Railway Station, across BroWnlow Road
500 ft (150m) away

 Map Canal Fields Car Park, behind Tesco on the High Street
0.4 miles (640m) away

 Map Lower Kings Road Car Park next to Waitrose
0.3 miles (550m) away
NB: the car park inside the barriers is for Waitrose customers only

 Map St Johns Well Lane Car Park
0.4 miles (640m) away

 Map Water Lane Car Park, behind Tesco on the High Street
0.4 miles (640m) away

 Map of all Dacorum Council Car Parks

Disabled Parking

Blue badge holders can park free of charge and without time limit in all council-run car parks and they all have disabled parking spaces with extra room.

  • Canal Fields: 3 spaces (the closest)
  • Lower Kings Road: 6 spaces
  • St Johns Well: 3 spaces
  • Water Lane: 8 spaces

 On-street parking

There are also disabled bays on Berkhamsted High Street.


The main path into and through the Castle is surfaced with gravel but is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. If you want to access the outer earthworks there are some steps.


 Enjoy a Safe Visit

  Explore this site with care and closely supervise your children
Intentionally damaging this monument is a crime
Smoking, climbing, commercial photography and metal detecting are prohibited
Drone flying is prohibited, except by contractors or partners who have permission from English Heritage and the CAA and are operating under controlled conditions. English Heritage drone filming guidelines
Beware of deep water in the moats
Beware of slip hazards
Beware of trip hazards
Beware of steep slopes

External Links


Berkhamsted Castle Trust

Berkhamsted Castle Trust manages the Berkhamsted Castle site in partnership with English Heritage under a Local Management Agreement. Our volunteers rely on the generosity of the public.
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