Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Winchcombe
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Religious Sites; Gardens
Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit...
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.