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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Founded: 1066
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom


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JP Borel-Saladin (12 months ago)
A pleasant site to take a walk around the walls. It is in a bad state after a thousand years so don't expect Windsor Castle!
Stuart King (12 months ago)
Open space wonderful area for children to run and explore castle long gone but wonderful ruins and moat to climb and play no restrictions.
Angus Seymour (2 years ago)
Not much of this castle left, it's mostly the remains of the walls and the motte. Despite visiting on a grey autumnal day it kept us busy for about half an hour as we walked round it. There's a few placards with information, but otherwise that's about. Overall pleasant enough, just don't expect it to take up much of your time!
Mark Lovell (2 years ago)
Great place to take toddlers for a stomp about. Not a huge amount to see beyond the ruined walls but some good interesting history if you look for the detail
Denise Taurer (2 years ago)
I was fortunate to have an enthusiastic volunteer at the info room where there is much information on its impressive history as well as good illustrations etc on the walls. Various sites on the ground have boards which explain what the remnants you see once were. Good large lawn for children to play in or family picnics. Otherwise children may become bored visually as not much remains of the castle
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