Bath and the Cotswolds Travel Guide

Bath and the Cotswolds Sights

Sudeley Castle

  • Off B4632 Map It
  • Winchcombe
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

One of the grand showpieces of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle was the home and burial place of Catherine Parr (1512–48), Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, who outlived him by one year. Here Catherine undertook, in her later years, the education of the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey and the future queen, Princess Elizabeth. Sudeley, for good reason, has been called a woman's castle. The term "castle" is misleading, though, for it looks more like a Tudor-era palace, with a peaceful air that belies its turbulent history. In the 17th century Charles I took refuge here, causing Oliver Cromwell's army to besiege the castle. It remained in ruins until the Dent-Brocklehurst family stepped in with a 19th-century renovation.

The 14 acres of gardens, which include the roses of the Queen's Garden (best seen in June) and a Tudor knot garden, are the setting for Tudor fun days in summer. Inside the castle, visitors see the West Wing, with the Long Room where exhibitions illustrate the castle's history,

and the East Wing which contains the private apartments of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, where you can see paintings by Van Dyck, Rubens, Turner, and Reynolds. Art tours can also be booked in advance. Rare and exotically colored birds strut in the pheasantry. The 11 cottages and apartments on the grounds are booked for a minimum of three-night stays. The castle is a mile southeast of Winchcombe.

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Sight Information


Off B4632, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD, England

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01242-602308; 01242-609481-cottages

Sight Details:

  • £16.50
  • Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

Published 08/20/2030


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