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Visit the magnificent Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, the small town in Gloucestershire, is renowned for its stunning castle. Originally built in 1117, the surviving building dates mainly from the 14th century. It's the third oldest continuously occupied castle in England, and the oldest to be continuously occupied by the same family. Highlights include the Butterfly House, King's Gallery with the dungeon where King Edward II was imprisoned, and its working medieval kitchen.

Learn how Dr Jenner cured small pox

One of the town's most famous past residents is Edward Jenner - the man who cured small pox. His former home is now Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden. The venue looks at his work and his role in this hugely important discovery. It has a great gift shop and gardens in which visitors are allowed to picnic.

Step back into Berkeley's Christian past

The town of Berkeley has been a focus for Christians for centuries, with Minsters and nunneries being built here in the past. Today, St. Mary's Church is a good place to start with your history tour, with a keep that dates from 1153 and a detached 18th century tower. Its churchyard is also worth exploring as it has a number of interesting tombs, such as that of Dicky Pearce, a Court Jester who died during a performance at Berkeley Castle. Looking for accommodation in Berkeley? The Travelodge Stonehouse Hotel is close by.