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Winchcombe
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 5JD

Sudeley Castle is Set in the heart of the Costwolds,the ruins ruins blend beautifully into the west country countryside. there is little remains of the fortified manor house which was built in the mid-14th century, this later became the home (and burial place) of Kartherine Parr, one of Henry VIII’s six wives.

Most of the buildings were restored in Victorian times. Sudeley Castle now houses a fine art collection. Regarded as one of England’s most romantic castles Sudley has royal connections spanning a thousand years and has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past.

For many years the castle lay sadly neglected, much of it in ruins, however Sudeley’s fortunes were to change some 200 years later when it was acquired by the Dent brothers the famous glove manufacturers from Worcester. They set upon an ambitious refurbishment programme of restoration. Upon their death this task was taken up by their nephew John Croucher Dent and his wife, Emma Brocklehurst.

Sudeley is now home to the Dent-Brocklehurst family who have extended their living space with the growth of the family into the East Wing, which was previously open to visitors. The family are keen that the Castles collection is still showcased to the public, they have launched a number of exhibition areas which include Tudor and Victorian artefacts and which also includes a stunning Textile Exhibition. The Letters from Khartoum exhibition tells the story of Emma Dents nephew Johnny Brocklehurst,as he treked across the Sudan desert and his part in the highly dangerous scheme to smuggle letters.A film based on unique archives re-creates the historical event and compliments the exhibition.

There are Ten magnificent gardens surrounding Sudeley Castle,each with their own beauty and charm. The centrepiece is the Queen’s Garden, named after Katherine Parr and famed for its magnificent collection of old-fashioned roses and fragrant herbs which are surrounded by yew hedges and superb examples of topiary. A Knot Garden was created to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth in 1592, the designs are said to have been inspired by the fabric from the Queen’s dress depicted in a painting which hangs in the Castle.

A Pheasantry was established in 2004 and houses a collection of rare and endangered species.

2008 saw an exciting new programme of Events,including a chocoholic’s weekend, jousting, ballooning exhibitions, meet the Tudors weekend, Wedding shows, extreme sport weekend and a fabulous Christmas event.The re-opening of the adventure playground at Sudeley make this tourist attraction an ideal location for family days out and those wishing to explore a piece of English history.

Open March - October

Nearest Train Station:Cheltenham