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Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD

Tel: +44 (0)1242 604244

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Sudeley Castle and Gardens

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The gardens, playground, exhibitions, church, pantry and cafe areas are open with new safety measures in place. The private family rooms will stay closed for the duration of the 2020 season (Library, Morning Room, Chandos Bedroom and Katherine Parr Anteroom).

Full details of their safety information can be found here.

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 Castle Pantry for a selection of locally made sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Open daily until Sunday 1 November 2020
Open from 10:45am
Visitors are required to choose an arrival time when booking
Last admission is at 3pm or when full capacity is reached
Exhibitions close at 4pm, with the gardens and playground closing at 5pm

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    1003
  • Very Good
    550
  • Average
    150
  • Poor
    64
  • Terrible
    38

Recent Reviews:

  • Bex1231
    Braintree, Essex
    Return visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    Came to visit Sudely Castle on 8/9/20, we had pre booked our tickets for 10.00am but when we arrived there was no staff about. Eventually found someone who told us the opening time had been changed... Read full review
  • Nicky H
    Somerton, United Kingdom
    Stunning Sudeley
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd September 2020
    We saw the sign for the castle on our travels and decided to drop in. You need to book in online, but we were able to do that right away. The staff and stewards were incredibly helpful. Our guide... Read full review
  • bunionsEssex
    Essex
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fascinating place
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd September 2020
    Even with Covid restrictions the castle is well worth a trip. The details History of Tudor’s very well done. Read full review

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