Berkhamsted Castle

Aerial view of Berkhamsted Castle with extensive ruined walls, dry moat and motte and bailey
The remains of Berkhamstead Castle and its moat

Free Entry

Open daily, summer 10am-6pm, winter 10am-4pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.


White Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LJ

Before You Go

Visit the substantial remains of a strong and important motte-and-bailey castle dating from the 11th to 15th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. Richard Earl of Cornwall added a 13th-century palace complex.

Read more about the history of Berkhamsted Castle.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Open 10am-6pm during British Summer Time, and 10am-4pm during Greenwich Mean Time - see more details.

Parking: No parking on site but charged public parking, not managed by English Heritage, is available close by at the railway station or in the town centre. There is very limited on-street parking on White Hill.

Access: The main path into and through the Castle is surfaced with gravel but is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There are some steps up onto the earthworks.

Facilities: There are no facilities on site but it is close to Berkhamsted town centre. The Castle is next to the rear entrance of Berkhamsted railway station and there are toilets at the station.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

Make the most of your day out in history and head to St Albans where you can visit the ruined Tudor mansion of Old Gorhambury House, or the remains of the Roman Wall, which once reached a height of five metres.

Slightly further afield, Wrest Park is a 50-minute drive away from Berkhamsted.  With dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, sweeping views and woodland walks, it’s a real treat for the senses. Once you’ve explored some of its 90 acres, treat yourself to something tasty at the café, learn more about Wrest at War in the exhibition, or let the kids run off some steam in the playground.

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Your membership provides valuable support for our essential work, while you can enjoy free access to the beauty and inspiration of our magnificent historic places. 


About us

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

How We Are Funded

Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

  • 66% Self-generated income
  • 20% One off capital grant
  • 14% Government funding
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