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Sudeley Castle

Off B4632, Winchcombe GL54 5JD, England
01242 604244
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Ranked #1 of 6 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 Lord and 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, Rose Week and Spring Grand Sale, this year marks the Quincentenary of the birth of our resident Tudor Queen, Katherine Parr. The last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII, she came to live at Sudeley after his death and is now entombed in our church, St Mary’s, which is open to visitors. We will be celebrating her extraordinary life throughout the 2012 season – a film introduced by Sir David Starkey will introduce a new exhibition and there will be talks, Tudor Fun Days, Archery, Literary events and plenty more. Sudeley’s unique Gardens are amongst the finest in England. Our annual Rose 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 with the help of our design consultant, the eminent Sir Roddy Llewellyn. As well as all of this we have a giant wooden play fort for our younger visitors to enjoy, exhibitions, a coffee shop and Pheasantry. Tours of the private family apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. New for 2012 is a Wildlife Trail, and we will also be welcoming some new arrivals to the Pheasantry – Barn and Snowy Owls. We look forward to welcoming you to Sudeley. « less
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I was very disappointed, having telephoned specifically to check wheelchair access details to a specific exhibition, to discover that Sudeley has very little disability awareness and is impossible for anyone unable to walk at all to be able to get around at all without a carer. Furthermore, the exhibition I had traveled a long way to view (having been told... More

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It goes without saying that we are all extremely disappointed to read your review, and very saddened indeed that you have gone away with such a negative impression of the Castle and its staff. I would be very interested to know with whom you spoke at the Castle - there are only a handful of people here who answer the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Excellent unspoilt grounds to walk though,I am lucky enough to be able to walk and ride though here every day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great to walk around the grounds and very interesting to visit the Castle and the Chapel. All helped by fantastic weather.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took our 2 boys (aged 8 and 6) to the castle and we had an excellent day. From an historic point of view, there are many treasures to see and there is also a decent play area for the boys. The grounds and church are immaculate and we saw some amazing things. Well worth a day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It is very difficult to please everyone when you have small children but that is exactly what we got at Sudeley. We visited on a special children's day, so there were craft activities, games, demonstrations, face painting and dressing up, plus an amazing adventure playground, so that was the children taken care of! There is a real sense of history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A very enjoyable day out. A short film before you enter the castle grounds gives an insight of the castle in Tudor times and the family home it has now become. The staff were very friendly and informative. Well worth a visit not only for the castle but for the beautiful gardens which were really impressive. Will certainly visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

At last Sudeley Castle has got it right, everyone, not just those on the infrequent "Connoisseurs Tours" of the past can how immerse themselves in the truly wondrous re vamped visitor layout. The new parts of the Castle that can now be seen, give you a great insight into this important part of this Countries Tudor History. Dr. David Starkey''s... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Only 7 miles from Cheltenham where we were staying this is a great place to while away a few hours in the most pleasureable surroundings.The reconstructed head of King Richard 3rd was on dispay and the cartooned story of Brock the families tame Badger made a lovely story to follow.The guides were very helpful and informative and the castle itself... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A good day out for all, plenty of royal history here, with exhibitions, short history film presentations, castle ruins to explore, some private rooms were open, as it is still lived in, and large gardens. Being the former home of Katherine Parr (6th wife of Henry 8th), it has a church with a reconstruction of her lying in state and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Looking for somewhere different to spend Saturday on a weekend away, I had read all the information available about Sudeley before contacting group bookings. They were extremely helpful booking me in and sending superb directions for the driver (as the coach has to enter through the exit gate). There is a parking area reserved for coaches next to the visitor... More

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