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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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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78 reviews 78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit. The countryside is beautiful and the castle is full of history. Entry fees are expensive (buy online in advance and save 10%) but worth it. The cafe is also nice. Very much recommend.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to visit, with lovely gardens, and worth a visit, however at £14 (concession rate), Felt it was a bit overpriced

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went to many tremendous, well-known places on our trip around the Cotswolds, but since we were staying with our guide Alan in Winchcombe we thought we would see Sudeley Castle. It was quite delightful! The Lady of the house has gone to great trouble to include a lot of history, journal entries, displays throughout the house that are interesting... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Sudeley is hard to find, but worth the trip once you get there. We happened to go on a day when there was a traveling food festival outside the gates, we bought some local goods and had lunch at the festival. The castle and grounds are beautiful and after the crowds at Salisbury castle and St Pauls', it was great... More

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Hampshire, UK
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10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Our sat nav took us into Winchcombe where we followed signs for car parking. Winchcombe itself was obviously a popular place to visit as the approach road to Sudeley Castle from the town was packed with cars.It was unclear whether we should park there or go on. Having persevered past them to our relief we came to the entrance that... More

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west yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

this is one of the beautiful places i have ever visited and so peaceful and pretty and the staff we encounted in the cafe was very nice .tha nk you for sharing this

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful castle and interesting. The people there knew about the castle and answered our questions. The gardens are incredible.

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Houston, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Visited Sudeley castle on a wonderful day in conjuction with a food festival that were on the grounds with friends and family. The price to see was very reasonable at 35.25 pounds for 3 general and one child for the day including the festival. The entry to the castle was beautiful. Everything in bloom. The castle itself was grand with... More

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Tring, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Although not a large Castle, it was so peaceful and pretty, the gardens where so natural and colourful, obviously been blessed with lovey weather made things more enjoyable, but still definately worth a visit

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Outside Basingstoke
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34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is more of a large manor house kept as a museum than a Tudor castle as the reception areas were destroyed in the Civil War. However, the ruins of the great hall and tithe barn make great backdrops for the flower displays. Try to catch the free Thursday garden tour guiding just 20 visitors round the varied areas ranging... More

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