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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 holiday in Winchcombe, and find out what else Winchcombe has to offer, use our Winchcombe travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 20, 2017
    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 gardens around a important piece of British history. The castle has been turned into a museum full of displays and artifacts relevant to its tenants and uses throughout the years. The gardens are the best part and there are walking trails leading to/from here.
  • We get a season pass every year and love to hang out here. The castle has so much history and lots to see inside. The gardens are packed full of interesting things growing... especially the physic and herb gardens. The owners are continually investing in improvements to this place... the play area has seen the addition of a wooden bridge as an entrance, there are more wooden climbing bits, there is a new cafe room at the beginning and right now they are really revamping the car parking facilities! We come here in the rain and the sun, and each visit is different, although we never fail to go say hello to the birds in the Pheasantry and indulge in a bowl of chips.
  • Loved stepping foot in the home of Katherine Parr!!! So much history and artifacts. One of the guides showed us the arch way that Parr, Queen Elizabeth, and Lady Jane Grey would have used to walk from the home to the private chapel. There is also a lovely tomb for Parr in the private chapel. The gardens are simply gorgeous and it's a nice walk through out the castle grounds.
  • A little expensive but it's a nice place to spend a few hours. Lots of interesting exhibits inside and the gardens are pretty. Some of the general flow through the exhibits seems a little random at times when compared to, for example, a large National Trust property but there is a more intimate, less hurried feel a result. Worth seeing.
  • Visited here with our daughter who is five for a picnic and to play on the small play park which used to be free. Only to find that it was going to cost £32 for two adults and a child for the pleasure which was full entry price for the entire grounds. As we were literally only going to be there for a snack and a quick play, we did not feel like paying so had our picnic else where. There really should be a separate, lower price to use the play park area, and not rip people off when the only want to spend a short time using this area. Very disappointed.

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