Visit to Berkeley Castle and Clevedon Court near Bristol
- Berkeley Castle |
- Coach Visit |
- Tuesday, 30 August 2011 - 08:00 until 16:30
Berkley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and is a fine example of medieval architecture. It was originally built in the late 12th century and it has survived as a Norman fortress with a few later additions. We will have a guided tour of the castle, after which we can see the gardens. After a picnic or snack lunch in the cafe (own expense) we drive to Clevedon Court which was built in 1320 by Sir John de Clevedon, who was given the manor after the Norman conquest. The building incorporated parts of a massive 12th century tower and a great hall. It was purchased in 1709 by Abraham Elton whose descendents still live at Clevedon today as custodians for the National Trust. We will have an introduction by Julia Elton and an exclusive tour of the house and garden including rooms not normally open to the public. Non-National Trust members may have to pay an admission charge of £6.50. The staircases in Berkeley Castle are not suitable for those with mobility constraints.