Sudeley Castle is set in prime Cotswolds countryside just outside Winchcombe. The current buildings date from the 15th century, although its roots are older.
For the visitor, there is perhaps more to enjoy outside than in. The Castle is still a family home and the family apartments are closed to the public. That said, the tour has its moments. Outside, the grounds include a very superior play fort for children and no less than 10 gardens. Peak time is June and July for the roses, although we love it in autumn because of the setting and romantic ruins.
On no account miss St Mary’s Chapel which houses the tomb of Queen Catherine Parr - the queen who was Henry VIII’s last wife and who survived him. The tomb is graceful and atmospheric.
Lady Ashcombe, the owner has experimented with different opening times and there were some (IOHO) fairly unsuccessful art installation experiments in recent years too. Things seemed to have settled down a bit now and Sudeley Castle has clearly resolved to be a visitor attraction first and foremost. It’s now open for most of the year, including some entertaining special events. ‘Spectacle of Light’ run a winter illuminated event, which has been popular.
Winchcombe, a lesser-known Cotswold town is all the more pleasant for that. There has been a drive to make the town walker friendly, with various events and a walking Festival. There’s a brilliant walk up to Belas Knapp, a Neolithic long barrow with views back over Sudeley Castle.
Cotswolds Finest Hotels Nearby
Sudeley Castle is near Winchcombe - Finest hotels nearby include Lords of the Manor.