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Bay Prince of Wales Hotel, Berkeley

The Cotswolds

Bay Prince of Wales

Customer Rating: (18 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Set in its own grounds with landscape gardens, five acres in the Severn Valley
  • Located on the outskirts of the medieval market town of Berkeley
  • Locally sourced ales available in the Princes Bar
  • A short distance from Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Cheltenham Spa
  • Other attractions include Cotswold & Severn Way, Westonbirt Arboretum and more

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Hotel information

The Cotswolds are famous for their spectacularly beautiful rural landscapes, pretty villages and great walking routes to suit all abilities. The characterful Prince of Wales Hotel is the perfect base for exploring all the many attractions that this part of the country has to offer.

Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Berkeley, on the edge of the Cotswolds, this former public house is just a short drive to the villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, two of the area’s most famous attractions.

The hotel is a popular venue for functions with a fabulous bar and public areas opening onto a patio area and large landscaped gardens. You can enjoy the extensive bar menu at lunchtime and evenings as well as wonderful local ales.

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel has a car park.

Great for

  • Food
  • Walking

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Prince of Wales Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Hairdryer
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Prince of Wales is the perfect base for exploring the Royal Forest of Dean, the Severn Valley and Gloucester is right on the doorstep of the enchanting Cotswolds.

How to get there

By Car:

The Hotel is on the A38 at Berkeley Road. Approximately 6 miles south of junction 13 and 6 miles north of junction 14 of the M5.

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel

Berkeley Road



GL13 9HD

Res: 01453 810474

Tel: 01453 810474

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Gloucester:

  • Berkeley Castle
  • Frampton Court & Manor
  • Westbury Court Garden
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Littledean Hall
  • The Royal Forest of Dean

Local Insight

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds and the many other attractions it has to offer

  • Berkeley Butterfly House
    Be transported to another world where hundreds of butterflies dart around their tropical home. With forty-two different species at the farm, this is a great chance to see rare and imported species from as far a field as Japan and Indonesia. Visitors can observe their life cycle up-close through the display of caterpillars and chrysalises. Once outside this peaceful oasis, there is also a gift shop for that inevitable furry caterpillar.
    Visit their website
  • Berkeley Castle
    Built to withstand the Welsh in the twelfth century, Berkeley Castle has a turbulent past. The fortress and the Berkeley family, its lifelong owners, have witnessed countless historical events from the first American Thanksgiving back to the murder of King Edward II by red hot poker. Visitors are met with vivid stories of the past as they skirt round the dungeon, navigate the trip steps and admire Queen Elizabeth I’s bedspread. Outside are beautiful picnic grounds and the village’s Norman church.
    Visit their website

  • Dean Forest Railway and Museum
    Dean Forest Railway is a popular, family-friendly heritage railway situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean, giving visitors of all ages the chance to experience the atmosphere of a country railway. Both steam and diesel trains run as part of a regular timetable between Lydney Junction and Parkend, with normal tickets being valid for unlimited travel. Special events are held throughout the year, including popular Days Out With Thomas and Santa Specials, with a luxury dining train and hands-on branch line experience courses also available. The Dean Forest Railway Museum at Norchard is packed with local railway artefacts – giving visitors the chance to get an insight into how the railway used to look in yesteryear, as well as see vintage telephone exchange equipment.
    Visit their website

  • Gloucester Folk Museum
    Set in 500 year old Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the Protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum with a cottage garden to the rear which is both larger than seems possible, and constantly surprising. From treen (small wooden items), to the intriguing story of the river Severn fisheries, from historic costume to the life of the dairy; from the reconstructed Victorian classroom to the original pin factory - all of these plus hundreds of other elements of our local history are to be found here.

Great for

  • Food
  • Walking

Local Events

There is always something going on, below is just a few examples:


Entertainment Programme

On Monday Evenings
Guitar Vocalist
Ricky Tempo

On Tuesday Evenings
International Multi-Instrumentalist/Vocalist
Ian Lockyer
On Wednesday Evenings
Stunning Vocalist
Stephanie Scott
On Thursday Evenings
Julian Knight or Sean Edwards

On Friday Evenings
Music, fun, games & cabaret with
Jodie Payne
On Saturday Evenings
An evening of entertainment with
International Multi-Instrumentalist
Ian Lockyer

On Sunday Evenings
An evening of entertainment with
Geoff George
Keyboard & Vocals

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Alan Smith


rating is 5 stars

18 February 2014


This was our fourth Bay hotel visit and was the best by far (No reflection on the others). From the first to last impressions it was excellent value. Wonderful service from all staff with special mention to the restaurant who were extemporary. Entertainment superb all three nights. Rooms clean and comfortable with all you needed. Will definitely be returning. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Sue Slinn


rating is 4 stars

10 December 2013

Lovely Room

To our surprise we were given a lovely big suite for our stay. I was concerned as my partner can be picky regarding food, but I needn't have worried. The food was great. The only reason I marked down the hotel to a 4 star was because of the entertainment which was pretty awful. The rooms were warm and inviting and the hotel was a great base to explore the area.

The Groves Family


rating is 5 stars

2 November 2013

A lovely break

This was our first visit to this hotel and won't be our last. The staff and waiter was very friendly. Our rooms were very lovely, we had a four poster and our boys had the Castle suite, which we was all very impressed with. Would recommend this hotel to our friends and family. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay.



rating is 3 stars

27 September 2013

Good hotel

Good hotel for the money, my husband and I have just arrived home after a 4 day break. The public rooms were clean and comfortable, our bedroom was again clean and fairly quiet all rooms are now at the back away from the A38. And had everything TV hairdryer tea/coffee etc, the staff particularly on reception were very helpful and friendly, so were some of the bar staff, but the service in the restaurant left a lot to be desired in fact it was appalling a shame as it spoilt an nice few days.

R Churchward


rating is 3 stars

15 July 2013

Value for money

Stayed last week room was very clean and comfortable, food was good and varied, hotel staff were very polite and helpful. Evening entertainment OK could be a bit more varied only two acts appeared both musical Thursday evening artiste did not show up. Overall value for money would stay again if in the area. One drawback on a very busy road A38 Cheltenham to Bristol OK though if you have a room at back of hotel

Helen and Mark Regan


rating is 5 stars

10 May 2013

Great Hotel, Great Location

Lovely hotel, all the staff are amazing, nothing too much trouble. The meals are very good, plenty of choices for all courses. The rooms are very clean and good sizes. I have recommended this hotel to’s really worth every penny. Only half an hour to Bath and Bristol, and ten minutes to Berkeley Castle. Cannot wait to go back.

Mrs Anderson


rating is 5 stars

25 March 2013

Fabulous Hotel

My husband and I have just returned from this hotel and I wanted to say from start to finish it was perfect. The bedrooms are lovely, large, and warm and clean as is the whole hotel. The food has an excellent choice, is homemade and always hot. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. The whole atmosphere was one of warmth, something we all needed as the weather was very very cold. The hotel was full to capacity and also full for the rest of the week that tells you how good it really is!

Marcia Vincent

North Wales

rating is 5 stars

7 February 2013

Superb base to visit poorly friends

Returned on Monday from an excellent weekend. From booking in on the Friday to checking out on Monday the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The menu was adequate and portions sufficient. A few more parking spaces designated for disabled drivers would be beneficial. Mattress in our room could have been better- we used a sleeping bag as extra padding!! We were booked for two weeks earlier- foiled by snow! Head office very obliging and re-booked us. A good experience- back soon!

David Woods


rating is 5 stars

30 August 2012

Breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 evening meals hours 6:30 to 7:30

Just returned from a self drive Friday to Monday break. Would definitely recommend this hotel. Entertainment was good. Excellent value for money. But Breakfast hrs 7:30 to 9:30. Evening meal hours 6:30 to 7:30 needs to be longer.



rating is 5 stars

20 August 2012


Just returned from a self drive Friday to Monday break. Would definitely recommend this hotel. Every member of staff from cleaners to receptionists were helpful, polite and very obliging. They made us feel that our satisfaction was important and everyone went out of their way to ensure we had a pleasant stay. Our room was spacious and cleaned frequently with fresh towels daily. Good food and entertainment. Loads to do in the area but you do need a car to access it. Thank you to all staff, we hope to visit again.

Mr Morgan


rating is 2 stars

24 July 2012

Good except dinner

We stayed for 2 days .room was very neat and tidy. Breakfast was very good but the evening meal was not very good, the service was terrible and the food not very good. No orange juice was offered as other of your hotels do. Only two waiter services were on duty so I suppose you can’t blame them. Entertainment 1st class.

Alan and Jean Griffiths


rating is 5 stars

5 April 2012

Best so far

My wife and I had 5 great days at The Prince of Wales. Hotel, Room, Food and all the services were 1st. class. We met some lovely couples from Liverpool and Wales. We couldn`t wait for meal times to exchange banter and have a good laugh. Entertainment also tops. The weather did help being able to sit in the garden and have a drink. Our best Shearings Holiday so far, definitely going back next year. I could go on and on it was one big laugh. Please thank everybody at the Hotel CHEER`S.

Mrs Clapton


rating is 3 stars

2 February 2012


Very pleasant hotel beautiful area .large room pleasant surroundings. Food good. Excellant value for money.

Geoff and Hilary Thomas


rating is 5 stars

14 December 2011

Great Value

Just had a great weekend 9th to 12 December Our fifth break this year with Shearings but the Prince of Wales was one of the best. Hotel staff very pleasant and helpful. Great food and entertainment only downside for us was the dim lighting in reception and lounges.

Joanne Dolby


rating is 5 stars

5 October 2011

We had a great time

We would like to say a big thank you for making our stay special in August. The hotel staff were all friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was very good and accommodated my gluten free diet exceptionally. We have now booked again for October. We cannot wait.?

Johannes Gerritsen

Bexleyheath, Kent

rating is 5 stars

22 December 2010

The Prince of Wales Hotel

My wife and I stayed at this hotel between 29th November and the 3rd December and it was far above our expectations. Its staff are very friendly, caring and helpful. Our room was very clean. The food and service was absolutely first class quality. As for the price, we paid a real bargain price. We can recommend this hotel to anyone, it’s a winner! Well done Shearings!

Roger Giles


rating is 4 stars

8 December 2010

Excellent food, first class entertainment and friendly, helpful staff. A pleasure to stay.

My wife and I stayed at the hotel from 5th-8th November 2010. We have stayed at many Shearings Hotels throughout the UK. The food at The Prince of Wales was the best we have had at any Shearings. Well presented, hot and served quickly. The hotel staff, without exception, were most helpful and friendly. Our room was very nice and the hotel and its exteriors were very we presented and spotlessly clean. The entertainment was exceptionally good. We have already booked to return.

Mr Hollings


rating is 3 stars

2 November 2010

We Had a Great Time!

Together with a party of nineteen people, we stayed at the Prince of Wales this past weekend. The staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient. Food was very good. Bar and reception areas were very comfortable although some areas were awaiting redecoration. Rooms are adequate for a short stay. Entertainment is of a good standard. Overall, brilliant value for money!

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