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Berkeley Castle
Gloucestershire, Berkeley GL13 9BQ Driving directions
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Apr-Oct (Butterfly House, May-Sep): Sun-Wed 11am-5pm (garden 10.30am), ticket counter 4pm

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This typical medieval stronghold commanded the narrow strip of lowland between the Cotswolds and the River Severn. The inner courtyard is dominated by the great drum of the keep (1153); its outer walls still show the breach made by a Cromwellian cannon during the siege of 1645. The castle's defences could be strengthened by flooding the surrounding water meadows which can be seen from the entrance.

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