Getting To Know: Berkeley Castle

For a wedding that’s truly unique, why not take a closer look at Berkley Castle? Yours for the day, the Castle combines 860 years of living history with the glorious Cotswolds countryside. See what else it has to offer in today’s blog…

If you’re dreaming of a truly magical and romantic wedding day then you can’t go wrong with a wedding at a castle. Berkeley Castle, in Gloucestershire, is one of our favourites. Regal, grand and stunningly beautiful, it offers everything a modern day bride could want for her happy-ever-after.

What type of wedding venue is Berkeley Castle?

Berkeley Castle is a historic gem. Built in the 12th Century, it’s full of history and is perfect for grand and lavish affairs.

The medieval fortress provides a stunning backdrop for many styles of wedding and is set in stunning grounds – which are yours for the day.

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What are the attractions of getting married at Berkeley Castle?

Being a castle wedding venue, the setting is just about as grand and charming as you’ll get.

The grounds are just wonderful too. They have stunning views as well as our renowned Lilly Pond, which is ideal for wedding photos.

The Castle is well suited to every season. In the winter, couples can take advantage of the luxurious interior and benefit from the roaring fires and twinkling lights. While in the summer, the grounds are the perfect space to celebrate with friends and family.

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How many guests can Berkeley Castle accommodate?

We have a variety of rooms available for a civil ceremony as well as an outdoor option in our 14th Century gazebo. The largest space can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

There’s space for up to 130 for a sit down meal and a further 70 for the evening party.

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Does your venue have overnight accommodation?

We have both Blossom Cottage, which is our Bridal Cottage, and Brook House which will sleep up to 20 guests across nine bedrooms.

Blossom Cottage provides the perfect English countryside retreat for the newlywed couple and comes with a complimentary continental champagne breakfast hamper to enjoy the next morning.

We also have a list of lovely local B & B’s, hotels and cottages nearby that we’d be more than happy to recommend.

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What makes your venue have real wow-factor?

Berkeley Castle really does have the most picturesque grounds and opulent interior – the photo opportunities are endless. It’s the perfect venue for that modern fairytale wedding.

Our attention to detail and the way we work with each and every couple is also worth mentioning. In the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards we were regional finalists in both the ‘Best Wedding Venue’ and ‘Best Wedding Coordinator at a venue’ categories.

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How much does it cost to get married at Berkeley Castle?

There are set prices for our weddings – these are dependent on dates and whether those dates are classed as peak or off peak.

Our wedding team will be more than happy to give details on pricing at venue showrounds.

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Do you have a wedding co-ordinator?

Yes. Every one of our couples has a dedicated wedding planner who will be with them throughout the planning process and on their wedding day.

Our wedding planners ensure that each wedding is approached as a blank canvas and we tailor our service to each couple. Nothing is too much trouble and we believe there’s no such thing as a silly question.

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What tip would you give couples looking to find the perfect venue?

Choose somewhere that allows you to do all those things that are important to you. It’s your day, so do it your way.

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Where can I find out more about Berkeley Castle?

We have lots of information on our website, where you’ll find a photo and video gallery, along with all the details you need to know about Berkeley Castle.

On Facebook we also post lots of wedding inspiration and showcase weddings that have taken place at Berkeley Castle. We’re also more than happy to talk to brides on Facebook if they’d like to contact there in the first instance.

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