The Berkeley Castle


Gloucestershire, after 850 years still remains the home of the Berkeley family who gave name to various places from Berkeley Square in London to Berkeley University in California; a Norman fortress with massive high walls contains treasures like paintings by English and Dutch masters, tapestries, furniture, silver and porcelain. This historic castle was the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327, and was in 1645 besieged by Cromwell’s troops. The castle is surrounded by lovely Elizabethan Gardens. See more photos and historical draws.

Apsley House photo

“Number One, London”, The Wellington Museum, at London’s Hyde Park Corner, designed by Robert Adam and built 1771-78, sold in 1817 to the first Duke of Wellington; a wonderful collection of paintings ( Velásquez, Goya , Murillo , Jan Brueghel , Rubens , Steen ), porcelain, silver and gold, batons and swords.