Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

BERKHAMSTED CASTLE


BERKHAMSTED CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

A Saxon castle and later a Royal palace. The 12th and 13th century walls surround the motte, on which a three storey stone keep was built in the middle of the 13th century to replace the 11th century wooden keep. Only the foundations remain. The motte was surrounded by a two acre bailey and a double moat. The castle was used until about 1500 when much of the stone was used to build a new house (now demolished) nearby.

English Heritage, open all year.


Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
Just off the A41, by Berkhampsted railway station
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1HD

 



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