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.
- Knight School
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* 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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good542
- grumorfBrisbane, AustraliaTrip Type:FamilyThe European Festival of LightsMonday, 6th January 2020We were lucky enough to stay in cottages close by the Castle. We did a tour in and around the castle and returned in the evening to see the grounds aglow with lights. Very memorable. It is a credit... Read full review
- Shiloha LTrip Type:Solo travelWarm receptionTuesday, 7th January 2020Had a great visit. Although it was pouring with rain and bitterly cold outside, I enjoyed looking around, spending quite a long time in the restaurant warming up and talking to the lovely and very... Read full review
- MattPE190315Gloucester, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyMagicalWednesday, 15th January 2020Wonderful place We went to see the spectacle of light at Christmas it was brilliant very magical my boys are 4 and 7 and thy loved it. Read full review