Set to a backdrop of green, tree-covered hills, the Cotswolds town of Berkeley is a holiday and short break destination for those that love peace, quiet and total relaxation. In Berkeley you can wake to the sound of the birds, watching the sun rise, as you prepare for a day of touring or of walking along nearby tracks and trails.
Overlooked by Berkeley Castle – a Grade I listed English Heritage site, originally constructed in the 11th century – the town of Berkeley is a convenient base from which to explore a much wider area. Berkeley itself might not be full of commercial attractions, but if you’re looking for somewhere quiet then there can be no better choice than a peaceful, elegant and comfortable Berkeley hotel. Your days can be spent out walking, or can be used for day trips to Gloucester and to Bristol, both offering a much wider variety of attractions for you to experience.
You’ll be amazed how easy it is to reach Berkeley, and to get from Berkeley to other Gloucestershire attractions, because the quiet town will leave you feeling like you’re far from cities and from your day-to-day life. It’s the kind of environment that will allow you to completely relax, without interference from the world beyond Berkeley’s borders. The stunning beauty of the Vale of Berkeley surrounds the town, providing a picture-perfect environment in which you can unwind.
Berkeley’s most famous resident was Dr Edward Jenner, born in 1749. Jenner created the world’s first vaccine – the vaccine for smallpox – and is immortalised in his home in Berkeley, which is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Tours of Dr Jenner’s House are available, and are one of the most popular things to do in Berkeley.
Travelling with children? As well as planning day trips to attractions in Gloucestershire that are beyond the borders of Berkeley, make sure that you pay a visit to the Cattle Country Adventure Park. As well as meeting a wide variety of domestic and farm animals, kids have the chance to enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, a boating lake and a willow maze before everyone stops for a bite to eat at the on-site café. Cattle Country is situated at Berkeley Heath Farm, and is a great place to add to your short break or holiday itinerary.
At your hotel in Berkeley, you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable sleeps, great entertainment and fantastic food and drink, all sure to leave you with lasting positive memories and exciting stories to tell.