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Address: Off B4632, Winchcombe GL54 5JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1242 604244
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of...
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. Sudeley Castle is open seasonally from mid-March until the beginning of November.
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Beautiful & educational

A lot of interesting history, well worth a detour that will take about 4 hours, possibly more depending on the amount of time one takes to explore the grounds and exhibits.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Regina, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A lot of interesting history, well worth a detour that will take about 4 hours, possibly more depending on the amount of time one takes to explore the grounds and exhibits.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Nice day out, despite it being the school holidays it was nice and quiet. Lots of interesting art and sculptures around the grounds as well as a phesantry and an owlery! Around the castle is dotted enthusiastic volunteers who pass on some fantastic information about the building, so much more informative than boards as you can interact and ask questions.... More 

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barvaux sur ourthe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visit Sudeley Castle every years when i come in Gloucestershire and Cotswolds. I love the history of this place. Do you know that Sudeley is a royal Castle -was!- a royal castle in the past ( Henri XIII) and the grave of Catherine Parr is in the chapel. Romantics gardens-wonderfull-! You can see in the first minutes when you... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

What a shame! Beautiful grounds and gardens on a sunny April afternoon were spoiled by the sight of numerous caged birds as part of the garden display. Are people who visit country houses and gardens the same sort of people who want to see caged wild animals? I think not. Very misguided on behalf of the owners.

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

Dear Ellen Maria W, We are so sorry to hear that you did not like our Pheasantry. This is a dedicated area within the grounds which houses some extremely rare breeds of pheasant from around the world. All the birds have been bred in captivity and we are working alongside the World Pheasant Association to protect these species. Our groundsman... More 

United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

You can esily make this a whole leisurely day, just sitting in the gardens, or taking in the views. I expect the gardens are better in the Summer, but liked the magnolia and forsythia and daffs and tulips of Spring. Inside the Castle is very, very interesting. The lace samples especially were jaw dropping. I loved best the letters from... More 

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

Dear blueberrybelle, Many thanks indeed for your kind and enthusiastic words, it is wonderful to hear that you had such a lovely time and enjoyed your visit so thoroughly. We do not have guides in every room, we have them at key points and they roam within an area, so I am sorry you missed seeing one until so far... More 

Bridgham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Excellent visit, went with 3 generations of family, eldest lives in WInchcombe and has been many times but said has changed recently for better. We enjoyed it and the guides welcomed us as if they were welcoming us into their own home, very relaxing. My children were treated and spoken to by the guides as equals and when my teenager... More 

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

Dear Judith p, Thank you for your comments - it's lovely that three generations of a family all enjoyed a visit to the same place, and it's great to hear that our guides were courteous towards your teenaged son - he sounds like a bit of a history buff so perhaps one day he'd like to join the team here,... More 

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113 reviews 113 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful setting with mature trees in parkland and a 1/2 mile drive leading up to the 'castle' - more like a small stately home with some ruins and an outsized chapel, with small formal gardens (Hampton Court it is not). At over £35 for a family ticket, you don't get much. The rooms in the house have... More 

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

Dear africaguy, It is so difficult to respond to this review. Hooray for the light smattering of elements you enjoyed about the castle, but such a huge disappointment that Sudeley made so little sense to you. In turn your review makes very little sense to many of us! No, we are not Hampton Court and nor do we make any... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We decided to walk around the castle without really knowing what to expect as we were there in the village and wanted to make the most of the day. We all very much enjoyed the experience. It is an area with great historical significance and you really get a sense of what it was like to live there through the... More 

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

Dear Jonny M, Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time here at Sudeley - a shame you got called away for lunch but we're not going anywhere so please do come back and visit us again! Thank you for taking the trouble to review us. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great visit on a lovely Spring Day. Rustic play area for children away from main house. Well kept grounds and gardens. Some ruins (16th century) but plenty of rooms in the house inc. a good cafe/restaurant. In the church is the tomb of Katherine Parr the last wife of Henry VIII. Excellent staff so enthusiastic and happy to tell visitors... More 

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

Dear TheArchers15, It sounds like you had a lovely day here and managed to discover all the delights of Sudeley during your visit. Many thanks for the positive review - we hope to see you here again soon. More 

Swindon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

If you are in the Cotswolds for a visit or on holiday then this is a must place to visit. Just a few miles north-east of Cheltenham it's easy to find and well signposted. Free Car Parking. Visitor Centre, Beautiful Gardens and of course the famous manor house of Sudeley Castle. Make a point of spending some time there so... More 

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

Dear Glenandgordon, Thank you so much for the glowing review - we have to agree that anyone visiting the Cotswolds really ought to stop by. Great to hear that you'll be coming back again as well. See you soon we hope? More 

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