*** Due to the recent government announcement regarding Covid-19, Sudeley Castle and Gardens will be closed until further notice. Read their full statement 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 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.
Group bookings (15+ pax) to Sudeley benefit from reduced general admission tickets, and tailored visits to meet your individual needs or specialised interests. A range of specialist talks and tours are available during your visit, as well as access to the family’s rooms, extensive exhibitions, 10 award-winning gardens, and Europe’s largest rare-breeds pheasantry.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good542
- Kate LNewbury, United KingdomA interesting & well explained venue. A good full day out.Sunday, 15th March 2020One of the best venues, for clear information, we have visited. Still a lived in house but was the home and burial place of Katherine Parr, Henry viii's sixth wife. The trail & detail were... Read full review
- 047harryjBirmingham, United Kingdominteresting castle where with a long historyTuesday, 17th March 2020visited on the last trip to Cotswold. a good place to visit castle with a lot of history, beautiful garden and even exotic birds from different part of world. Read full review
- bert317Huntsville, AlabamaValentines Murder Mystery at Sudeley CastleSaturday, 28th March 2020Fun event for a Valentines Dinner Show. The Past-Times Living History group were fun and entertaining. Even though no one actually solved the murders right, it was a load of fun. Food was excellent... Read full review