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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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Alexandria, VA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I thought the castle would reflect its origins but instead is really an interesting museum of its 10th and 20th century owners. Still a nice visit and the gardens are beautiful but if you are looking for old castle history this is not the place.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a must to see if visiting the Cotswolds. It's a total jem of true beauty and amazing history, with the resting place of Queen Katherine Parr. Astounding to walk in the footsteps of royalty. Visiting St Mary's church in the grounds where the tomb is, no words can discribe your surroundings. Breath-takings views of the gardens to walk... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Whilst the house is lived in by the family, there is still a great deal to see. The rooms and gardens are well maintained and the small church is the last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's surviving wife. She is the only Queen of England to be buried at a private residence

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Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a beautiful property with atmospheric romatic ruins and loads of history. The gardens are stunning and the cafe serves some really nice food. I would have loved to have seem more rooms in the house, but recognise this is still a private house. The exhibition of textiles was wonderful, I had not realised the house was connected to... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This will be a brief review because the best way to experience this house is in person. We visited on a Friday in early September and knew nothing of the building's history. Henry the Eighth is writ large through the history of Sudely. This is the only private house in England to have a Queen buried on site. The rooms... More

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Greater London
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A gorgeous castle with fabulous gardens and amazing history. We were whisked back to the 1400's and the life and times of King Henry and his wives. Visiting the crypt where Catherine Parr is buried was a plus - had no idea she was actually buried in the grounds. Well worth a visit if you like your history.

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

Hooray! We particularly like it when people are 'transported'! And it's good to hear that Katherine Parr was a pleasant surprise. Thank you for choosing to visit Sudeley and for taking the trouble to review us. More

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We were told to allow a couple of hours for our visit - we happily spent a lot more than that in the castle and grounds, despite not watching much of the video presentations (which I am sure are worthwhile) and visiting at a time of year when the gardens are past their best - they must be superb when... More

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

We are so pleased that you had a happy time at Sudeley and you are right! You will have to come back next June to see the roses, and it's worth coming in Spring to see the tulips and daffodils too! Thank you for the lovely review. More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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101 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The house was well laid out with some interesting exhibits and the gardens were very pleasant. We thought the entrance fee was rather high especially as we were late in the day and only had limited time to look around.

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

It's great to read that you enjoyed our exhibits, but a shame that you found the entry fee high for the time you had to look around. We do try to recommend that visitors allow at the very least two hours to look around, and we do not accept any entries later than an hour before we close as we... More

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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Strictly speaking, this is no longer a castle, since Cromwell knocked the castle about quite a lot, but a beautiful manor house attached to the ruins of the castle. The castle was in and out of royal hands many times over the centuries, including at one time, Richard III, and later, home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's widow, who married... More

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

It certainly sounds as if you have thoroughly embraced Sudeley's story! Thank you for visiting and for leaving this great review. More

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Friends and I had a most enjoyable visit to the castle. Especially liked the gardens and wanted to have lunch out on the terrace but alas no shade from the sun. We opted for the soup and although the bread was fresh the soup itself was inedible being so glutinous and tasteless.

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

We are always delighted to hear that our visitors have enjoyed the Sudeley experience, but I am sorry you could not find any shade on the Terrace - we do have some tables with parasols but I assume these seats must have been taken. A great shame as the views are spectacular. I am very concerned to read about the... More

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