Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds in the pretty village of Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle is a fascinating place to visit with over one thousand years of history. Apart from the castle itself there is a stunning 1,200 acre estate, award-winning gardens, a beautiful chapel, a Pheasantry and an adventure playground for children.
Arrive at Sudeley and it’s not difficult to imagine how it was in the Tudor times, with fascinating exhibitions and original artefacts on display which tell of the history of the castle. It has played an important role throughout history, being a base for Richard III during the War of the Roses and was heavily involved in the Civil War. Katherine Parr, last and only wife to survive Henry VIII, also lived here.
There are stunning gardens which wrap around the castle itself and include the Queen’s Garden, where Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I once walked. We recommend you spend some time just wandering the grounds amongst the flowers and ruins.
There’s a pretty chapel called St Mary’s Church close to the castle within the grounds where Katherine Parr’s tomb lies – the only English queen to be buried on private land.
Other things to see here include the visitor centre and shop and the adventure playground if you have little ones with you. There’s a fabulous cafe on a huge terrace too – we recommend a cream tea overlooking the rolling Cotswold countryside if it’s good weather!
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