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Sudeley Castle

Off B4632, Winchcombe GL54 5JD, England
+44 1242 604244
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Winchcombe
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit Sudeley Castle, which nestles... more » Owner description: Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit Sudeley Castle, which nestles in the Cotswold Hills in the historic town of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, 8 miles from Broadway. Sudeley is the only privately owned home in England to have a Queen (Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife) buried within the grounds. With a new visitor route which includes Castle rooms - some never before opened to the public - a '20 Treasures of Sudeley Tour', plus a Cafe, play and picnic area, pheasantry and events throughout the season, there is something for everyone at this must-see Cotswolds attraction. « less
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Washingborough, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

whether its the house,gardens or history this is for you.allow a few hours to walk all of this castle and gardens

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to take kids and a family. Went with friends. Tour guide Pat super lady as were the others. Steeped in Old English history and done well. Also has very nice cafe where we had tea, coffee and cakes. The extensive menu is very good and caters for Gluten Free. The GF Chocolate cake is very good quality and... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place! Start with an short introductory video then on to the castle. There are several exhibitions covering the history, the Tudors, archaeology, the modern occupiers and the world wars. All fascinating and informative. Learn about the convoluted lives of Henry VIII, Thomas Seymour and Catherine Parr. Walking around the residential part, with another two short videos filling... More

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Deanshanger, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Spent a pleasant afternoon here after lunch in Winchcombe. Quite a bit to see, with displays and interesting gardens. Perhaps more stately home/ museum like than a traditional castle day out such as Warwick or Dover. The staff are very knowledgeable, and we particularly enjoyed the upstairs bedrooms and explanation of the history of the four-poster bed. Used Tesco vouchers... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Luckily the weather was with us for this visit so we could enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gardens. The castle itself is full of interesting artifacts and the guides are all very friendly and knowledgeable. We topped off our trip with tea and cake in the restaurant which was also very nice well worth a visit if you're interested... More

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Wish we had more time to explore. More to the property than appears at first. Lots of great exhibits.

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UK
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Lovely castle set in beautiful winchcombe. First of when you go in are the ruins of the old barn with a garden inside it - one of the most peaceful places I've ever been. Whole thing is worth it just for that! The rest is beautiful and full to bursting with history. The only reason I didn't give it 5... More

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Sian J, Guest Relations Manager at Sudeley Castle, responded to this review

Hmm - it is a shame you found the exhibitions to be a bit of a jumble. We will be working in interior labelling over the winter so perhaps we can improve things a bit for next season - constructive criticism always welcome! The Tithe Barn is quite something isn't it? It's wonderful to read that you enjoyed your time... More

Ludlow, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This castle is beautiful and there is lots on information available to absorb. I loved the gardens and the mosaic courtyard was lovely. The resident peacock also provided a show for us before disappearing and later being spotted up in one of the trees. A lovely day out.

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Sian J, Guest Relations Manager at Sudeley Castle, responded to this review

We did have one particularly showy peacock this summer - he did quite well for scraps from the Terrace café! It's always lovely to hear that visitors have had a memorable day out here. That is what we set out to achieve! Many thanks for coming to see us and for taking the trouble to review Sudeley. More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We've visited the Caste during the touristic low season which meant the 2 of us have been the only visitors on a Monday morning. The car park was not very well signed and we finally decided to just park on the grass outside of the visitor centre (which looked like a provisional tent by the way). The way from the... More

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Sian J, Guest Relations Manager at Sudeley Castle, responded to this review

Oh no! I don't like to sound defensive, but in the face of some of the above comments I'm afraid I'm going to have to! Style is, of course, entirely subjective but I can offer 100% assurance that the rooms are authentically decorated by Lady Ashcombe (it is her home and she would not hear of anyone else taking on... More

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Although the admission price is rather high it is a lovely place to visit. A good video at the beginning of the tour is very helpful. We were taking an American friend whose father worked there as a hall boy at 14 years old and she was delighted to find a mention of him in the guide book. I thought... More

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Sian J, Guest Relations Manager at Sudeley Castle, responded to this review

Oh you must mean John Whittle! We have a wonderful archive of his memories of life in the Castle under the Dent-Brocklehursts in the 1930's. It must have been a very moving visit for your friend - how wonderful to have such ties with the Castle. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your visit so much - thank you... More

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