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Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Castle St, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5JD

01242 602308


About Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Few historic houses can match Sudeley Castle & Gardens’ long, curious and fascinating history.

With royal connections stretching back over 1,000 years, Sudeley Castle has played an important role in England’s history, with visitors able to walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, including Richard III, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey.

Sudeley is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds. The last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle. She is now entombed in a beautiful 15th century church found within the gardens.

Today, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is a much-loved family home as well as a popular visitor attraction with award-winning gardens. 2018 is set to be a momentous year for the Tudor castle, with a complete overhaul of its exhibitions, a new and improved dining offering in the Terrace Restaurant and two new self-guided tours.

A highlight for many little lords and ladies this year will undoubtedly be the new bigger and better play fort complete with slides, climbing wall, zip-wire which, along with the maze, provides fantastic fun for all.

See Katherine Parr’s love letters, lacework reputedly made by Anne Boleyn, Henry VII’s ‘Book of Hours’ and Charles I’s personal beer jugs as part of the ’20 Treasures of Sudeley’ trail.

Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn. 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 walked upon the original Tudor parterre upon which the garden is based.

An abundance of colour can also be seen in the secluded East Garden, which is neighboured by St Mary’s Church. This is bordered by the White Garden, where Katherine Parr and her companion, Lady Jane Grey would have entered the church for daily prayers.

Sudeley Castle's pheasantry, adventure playground with picnic area, gift shop and cafés in the banqueting hall and brand new visitor centre complete the perfect day out.

Opening times at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Open daily from Monday 5 March - Friday 21 December 2018
Open daily from 10am until 5pm from 5 March – 28 October,
10am until 4pm from 29 October – 21 December
A full calendar of events is planned, visit for more information.

2018 Admission prices at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

All prices include a voluntary 30p charitable donation to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Book online & save 10%

  • Adults: £16.50
  • Children (3 - 15 yrs): £7.50
  • Under 3: FREE
  • Family ticket (2 adults  & up to 3 children):  £43
  • HHA Members : Free
  • English Heritage Members: 20% discount
  • National trust Members: 20% discount

Discounts applied on full price admission with a valid membership card when purchasing tickets at the Visitor Centre (not online). Please note, English Heritage Corporate members do not qualify for the discount.
To purchase tickets, please visit

Weddings at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Sudeley Castle & Gardens has been named as the ‘Most Romantic Place in the Cotswolds’.

Kings, Queens and noblemen have had their lives and histories intertwined with Sudeley Castle, so where better to create your own history than at ‘the most romantic castle in England….’

Visit Sudeley Castle's website for more details about getting married and having your wedding at Sudeley Castle & Gardens.

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