Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is a much-loved family home as well as a popular visitor attraction with award-winning gardens.
A must-see on any visit to the area, the castle has played an important role in England’s history, boasting royal connections that stretch back over 1,000 years.
Visitors are offered the chance to walk in the footsteps of past kings and queens including Richard III, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds - Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Today visitors can explore the beautiful restored 15th century church where she lies entombed.
Inside, the castle contains many fascinating treasures featured in its ‘Royal Sudeley 1000: Trials, Triumphs and Treasures’ exhibition showcasing a collection of artefacts and works of art of great historical importance including Katherine Parr’s love letters, lacework reputedly made by Anne Boleyn, bed hangings made for Marie Antoinette and Charles I’s personal beer jugs.
Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour throughout the seasons. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once admired the hundreds of varieties of roses found in the garden.
The castle also features a rare-breed pheasantry which houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation.
The whole family can explore the castle’s fascinating past and enjoy a host of exciting events throughout the year. Children will love a visit to the famed Adventure Playground, voted ‘Best Children’s Playground in Gloucestershire’. Children can scale the wooden fun fort, whizz on the zip wire and tackle the 10-piece assault course.
Visitors can refuel with a visit to the Terrace Restaurant, located within the Banqueting Hall to indulge in a locally sourced, seasonal menu. Pre-book an afternoon tea to complete the perfect Cotswolds day out.
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- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good495
- robr658Tredegar, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFantastic Easter Sunday visitSunday, 21st April 2019My wife booked this on line where you get a 10% discount. Coming from wales where I have visited lots of castles wasn’t expecting a thrilling day. I was totally wrong had a fantastic day short... Read full review
- Amy LCheltenham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBring your own food/Nothing SpecialSunday, 21st April 2019First time here. Sudeley is nothing special. Despite its huge history, it lacks atmosphere. The gardens are ok but again, nothing special. If it is a nice day bring your own food and a picnic... Read full review
- mariettev2015Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, IsraelTrip Type:Friends getawayTudor history surrounded by beautiful gardensMonday, 22nd April 2019In the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, not far from Cheltenham, you will find stately Sudeley Castle surrounded by beautiful gardens. The castle was built in the 15th century and was probably built... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)1242 604244
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Daily until 21 December 2018. 2019 season starts 4 March.
10am – 5pm. Closing from 4pm on 29 October until 21 December.
Last admission one hour before closing.