Beautiful historic Berkhamsted Castle ruins lies in a Lovely Old Town in Hertfordshire.

The remains of a strong and important motte and bailey castle date from the 11th - 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. A palace complex was added in the 13th century.

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Kala Mistry (2 months ago)
Outdoor open space, easily visited. Need to find own car park ing. Not far from canal.
Roger Stacey (2 months ago)
Amazed at how large it is. Lived in the area all my life but cant recall having been before. I intend to do so again. Well worth a visit to see an important bit of English history.
Dianne Burgess (3 months ago)
Nice having the information on display and lovely lady from the Berkhamstead history society there. She was brilliant!
John Vjestica (3 months ago)
A fabulous place to visit and free of charge with an option to make a donation to the castles up keep. Now only ruins of the castle walls exist, but there is a walk around the outer ground works/moat and the area inside the remaining walls is well kept and an ideal peaceful place for a picnic. Also a great place to see the local wildlife, as well as the usual birds of note various cranes, red kites, kestrels and a Jay.
Chris Watson (4 months ago)
Lovley place to walk around, a nice piece of history. Often good for feeding the ducks and geese too!
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