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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.The Castle has changed hands over a dozen times during its history and today it is the private home of Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and their families.As well as our regular and hugely popular events such as the Easter Egg Trail, Children's Wednesdays in August and Spring Grand Sale, the family have recently opened up even more of the Castle for visitors to enjoy. Sudeley is the only private home in England to have a Queen buried within its grounds. Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII, came to live at Sudeley after his death and is now entombed in our church, St Mary's, which is open to visitors. Sudeley's unique Gardens are amongst the finest in England. Our annual Garden Week in June features the centrepiece Queens Garden, which sits on the original Tudor Parterre and billows with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses. Overall Sudeley boasts ten stunning gardens, which we are constantly improving and evolving. As well as all of this we have a giant wooden play fort for our younger visitors to enjoy, exhibitions, a Cafe and Pheasantry. We look forward to welcoming you to Sudeley. « less
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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

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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Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The castle and gardens are beautiful, staff were extremely friendly and helpful and informative. The restaurant and food excellent, and very good value for money.

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here for an afternoon, what an amazing place. Lots of history, and it's well told. Lots of information as you go around. Nice play area and picnic area in the garden.

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newcastle upon tyne
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10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Spent a lovely morning here at Sudley Castle. It's steeped in history. All the staff are friendly and relaxed and not at all stuffy like staff at other historical house's we have visited. It's still occupied by the family. Cafe was ok, not good if your a coeliac, nothing to eat. Gardens are well laid out, church in the grounds... More

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

We are so glad you came to visit us and enjoyed your visit - but it is an enormous shame that you missed the huge range of gluten-free food in our café. We serve an abundance of food for coeliacs,so it is always worth asking. Whenever possible we put a note on the menu boards recommending to those with specific... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Have been looking forward to this visit and it didn't disappoint. I have read the negative reviews and find them baffling. This is better than most NT properties I have ever visited (nearly 50). Lovely front of house staff welcome you and then you're in a stunning ruins locale with beautiful planting and birdsong. The castle itself is amazing with... More

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

Hello! We find our negative reviews baffling too!! Thank you so much for this - it is wonderful to hear that we compare favourably to other similar attractions. We are very proud of our Castle and know it to be special. Our staff are all very friendly indeed and are always pleased to welcome visitors to Sudeley. I think I... More

Suffern, New York
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We recently visited Sudeley Castle and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately we got there at 4:00 and had to be out by 5:00 so we had to go through rather quickly. Try to visit on a day when you can enjoy the grounds because it is lovely to walk around the gardens and remains of the old castle. The inside... More

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

Oh what a shame you had to whizz through so quickly, but thank you for coming and for correctly recognising Sudeley as a Cotswolds-must! Maybe you'll come back again one day with a few hours to spare. We are grateful for the review, thank you. More

pershore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We all do it - never visit things that are on our doorstep. So last Sunday armed with Tesco days out vouchers we went to Sudeley Castle - only 7 miles from home. The weather was gorgeous which enhanced the beautiful gardens. It was a joy not to see "keep off" signs on the lawns which enabled you to see... More

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

You are SO right - we do all do that and we wish that everyone local to Sudeley who has not been would come along and give us a try! Thank you for taking a punt - it sounds as if you thought it was worth it, which is of course lovely to hear. Perhaps we will see you again... More

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