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Beverston Castle


Visited April 2011

Location Beverston, Gloucestershire
Entrance Fee Yes
Railway Station           No
Parking Yes
Facilities Toilets, Refreshments


Just to make it clear from the start, Beverston Castle is privately owned and not generally open to the public, however once a year it is opened in aid of charity under the National Garden Scheme, and this is when we viewed it.









Although Beverston Castle was originally built by Maurice of Gaunt in 1229, there was a settlement on the site at the time of the Domesday book, a fact which is acknowledged with a plaque on the wall of the stables to the side of the castle. Maurice's castle was re-modelled in the 14th Century by Lord Berkeley, of Berkeley Castle, and it was at this time the gatehouse was added. At one time there would have been a massive portcullis on the gatehouse, but after the civil war the castle was slighted and the gatehouse was left in ruins.  The castle was protected by a ditch, which can still be seen and forms part of the extensive gardens. There is a pretty stone bridge across it today.







The remains of the tower can be seen from the garden terrace, there is a house built onto it and this is still inhabited, but there is no chance to see inside the castle itself. The only part of the interior we had access to was one of the gatehouse tower rooms, which is being used as a wood store.  As it is the gardens which are open for charity and not the castle then we can't really complain, as without the generosity of the owners in opening up their gardens there would be no access at all to the castle. On the day we went there were teas and home made cake available, and toilet facilities. It is certainly worth visiting on open garden day if you are close enough, but please respect the owners right to privacy at all other times.





More info:  The Gatehouse

Also see: National Gardens Scheme for open days

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