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Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

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With royal connections dating back over 1,000 years, Sudeley Castle stands as one of the few British castles left still in residence. The remains of Katherine Parr--the last of King Henry VIII's wives--lie buried within the 15th-century church. The castle contains numerous treasures from multiple eras, ranging from ancient Roman times to the present. Numerous award-winning gardens are settled among the ancient ruins, their meticulous restoration and upkeep complementing the castle. Tours inside the house occur only on particular days, so check in advance to avoid disappointment. To visit Sudeley Castle on your trip to Winchcombe, use our Winchcombe travel route planner .
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  • What is the Queen who survived his heartbreaker (), Henry VIII? Catherine Parr, who was even 4 husbands in his life that one after her royal husband. She died in 1548, layered, and his marble grave is located in the chapel of the Castle. (Also said that his grave was desecrated two and a half centuries after and that his body was remarkably preserved. Unfortunately, drunks have re-opened the coffin and outrageously deteriorated it so that it remains more late Queen than ashes that rest in peace here, closed parenthesis). This isn't the only reason to come to House Castle but it is sufficient (In memoriam). Privately owned, the castle is very well maintained, including his part in ruins, and its gardens are a very pleasant walk after the visit. Which leads us into different apartments where you can see also tables, antique furniture and copies of rare books. As often in this type of visit, the present mixes with the past, and we feel that once returned to its owners, life here takes its course. That's good because this is what makes it alive and even quite cheerful despite a rather impressive size. The garden with its trimmed boxwood of geometric shape, its basins adorned with sculptures, its flower beds in bloom which is worth some roses, take a walk in a truly unspoilt. Note: the writer Woodhouse, important figure of the 20th century British literature, uses House filigree in several of his novels.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the castle and gardens. The day that we visited was a lovely sunny day which made the experience all the more enjoyable. The gardens are beautiful and so peaceful with many...  more »
  • Lovely place to visit for a day out. Particularly liked the collection of old laces. Didn't know before that a queen was buried in the cur h on the grounds.  more »
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  • Beautiful castle with a wide variety of history! There are multiple buildings to go in, ruins, and lovely gardens. My favorite part is the little chapel where Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII is buried. It is a wonderful place to spend a day exploring. There is a bus from Cheltenham with a maybe half mile lovely walk to castle from the bus stop.
  • Very enjoyable visit and lots of information about the history of the Castle and the owning families. Many rooms to see with a lovely long room and a nice cafe/restaurant. Seeing the last resting place of Kathrine Parr who once lived there in the lovely Chapel was of itself worth the visit. This is not a National Trust property.
  • Lovely place. Not as much to see as you might expect inside. Gardens are very nice. Tea and coffee are very expensive for what you get. Good summer holiday activities laid on, and great play equipment.
  • Wonderful place, both the interiors and the gardens. It's an ideal place for a family day out. There is also a nice restaurant with affordable prices
  • Felt more like visiting a museum than a castle. Some interesting fact but very little of the interior to see as wall are boarded up and the rooms filled with glass cabinets containing coins, artifacts, spectacles etc. Not what we went to see. We visit many castles and stately homes this one being the most disappointing and over priced

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