Berkeley Castle is majestic, its grounds often home to medieval re-enactments and fayres. Inside the brooding walls, however, there is another story of murder, betrayal and agony that echoes down the centuries. and proceeded Ill-fated Edward II came to the throne in 1307, to annoy all the nobles by his favouritism. Edward was gay, and showered his lover with wealth and property. In those days, homosexuality was against the law. Edward’s wife, Isabella, had enough of his philandering, so she threw in her lot with Roger Mortimer, his opponent. They gathered an army in France and invaded, meeting with no resistance as no one wanted Edward as king. He was imprisoned in Berkeley Castle, and in 1327, he was murdered, the weapon a red-hot poker. On 21 September, the anniversary of his death, his screams rip through the castle’s halls. Fingers in your ears!
King of the castle: Scary screams