Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Sudeley Castle nestles in the Cotswold Hills in the historic town of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
The Castle has changed hands over a dozen times during its one thousand year history and today it is the private home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and their families.
In addition to our regular and hugely popular events such as the Easter Egg Trail, Rose Week and The Spring Grand Sale, a special exhibition about resident Tudor Queen, Katherine Parr is introduced with a film by Dr David Starkey. 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. Our Tudor Fun Days, Archery, Literary events and popular talks continue throughout the year. Tours of the private family apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This year sees the addition of a new Roman exhibition, featuring a mosaic reconstruction from a Roman villa, once on the Sudeley estate.
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. New for 2013 we introduce guided Garden Tours and Gardening for Wildlife Tours, led by expert Lyn Hall.
The Adventure Playground features a giant wooden play fort for our younger visitors to enjoy; there’s a picnic area and coffee shop serving drinks, light lunches and cakes. The Visitor Centre also a range of vintage items, together with souvenirs and locally produced gifts and crafts. Conservation is a theme on our Wildlife Trail and in The Pheasantry where falconer Gary Cope will be holding regular Owl Talks.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sudeley.
Open daily from 17th March to 3rd November 2013.
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