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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Adult day out We were here a whole day both in and outdoors. Weather was good which helped Excellent displays and educational but in saying that I don't think enough to entertain children

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Harleston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Sudeley Castle is an unexpected treasure in beautiful countryside. The feeling of history is so alive you can almost feel the presence of the Tudors. The gardens are lovely and, on a fine day, you can spend hours in them. If you go there be prepared to spend several hours in the castle and gardens. You will not be disappointed.

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed browsing the displays and rooms in Sudeley Castle that are available for public access at weekends, and the gardens were lovely. However, the sight of Katherine Parr 'lying in state' in the Chapel was unexpected and truly bizarre especially as her tomb is also in the Chapel and well worth seeing. The area housing pheasants and owls was very... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited Sudeley castle, the last time we were there was over 4 years ago. It is expensive at £14 each but we spent around 4 hours or so there and could easily have spent longer. The gardens are extensive and varied, we really enjoyed perusing the medicinal plants in the Physic garden. It's a really peaceful place and was... More

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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Some might say entrance fee a little bit high but it is worth it. Much to see in castle, nice gardens, restaurant and play area/picnic area to use as well. Well worth a visit.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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