Berkeley Castle and Film Set

Berkeley Castle, (pronounced like Bark-ley) just a half hour away, was the place for our preparation day last week with Elder T and W. It’s unique in that the owners have lived in it for over 900 years, so it’s furnished and available for tours (except the part where the family really lives–no raiding the fridge!) King Edward II was a prisoner here in 1327 and was murdered in his room and during a Civil War battle a wall was shot down and by law has to stay that way.   Exciting visit!

Berkeley Castle

Here is a photo of the family that lives there now. They were in the film we saw, introducing the castle and “personally” welcoming us! And no, we didn’t catch a glimpse!

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As we waited for our tour to start, we enjoyed the Butterfly House where many butterflies flitted about. Such a fun experience!

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Then our tour of the castle began.

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Lots of wonderful paintings and displays.

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Painting of the castle in centuries gone by.

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Beautiful dining room displaying the family silver.

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Kitchen

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The great hall, where wedding receptions are held.

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Galavant! set

In the center courtyard of the castle, filming was going on for the newish ABC TV series, “Galavant!” which, we were told, is shown on the Disney Channel.

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Taken from one of the castle windows.

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Movie stars!

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One of the real actors, authentic except for the backpack!

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charming couple!

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Our Kingly district leader!

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Cheerio!

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