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Sudeley Castle & Gardens

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

01242 604244


Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Home to Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and the Dent-Brocklehurst family, Sudeley Castle and Gardens is a Tudor jewel with 1,000 years of history, formal gardens, events, tours and exhibitions.
Sudeley is the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Today visitors can explore the intimate 15th-century church where she lies entombed. The castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day.

Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breath-taking 1,200-acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. 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.

The whole family can explore the castle’s fascinating past and enjoy a host of exciting events throughout the year. Children will love scaling the wooden fort and whizzing on the zip wire in the famed Adventure Playground, as well as tackling a 10-piece assault course. Discover Sudeley’s Animal Ark, where life-sized animal sculptures made from flowers, bark and natural materials will take you on a wildlife journey of across all corners of the globe.

Sudeley has two cafes that deliver tasty, locally sourced hot and cold food from our seasonal menu. The newly refurbished Old Coach House and Orangery is located on the terrace, whilst the Pavilion café can be found at the entrance / exit point and offers more relaxed dining options.

Sudeley’s Guides host daily tours and talks, including the more exclusive ‘behind the castle walls’ tours to discover the family’s private apartments.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Opening times 2024

Open daily from 19 March - 3 November

  • Site opens: 10am
  • Castle: 11am - 4pm
  • Last admission: 3pm
  • Site closes: 5pm

Known closures: 18-21 April and 20 & 21 July

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Admission charges 2024

Castle and Gardens:-

  • Adults: £22
  • Child: £10
  • Family: £56
  • Under3: Free
  • Histoic House members: Free
  • Carers: Free

The Pavillion at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

The Pavilion serves as a tranquil retreat for Castle visitors, dog walkers and social gatherings. The Pavillion at Sudeley Castle is now open daily.

Choose from a mouthwatering selection of filled rolls, hot snacks, locally sourced ingredients, traditional cakes, and a variety of teas and coffees.

The Pavilion café is wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly, no admission ticket required.

More information about The Pavillion at Sudeley Castle & Gardens.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Guided tours

Discover key moments of interest from Sudeley’s extraordinary history with a personally guided tour.

Book a tour, tailored to your interest:-

  • Garden Tour
  • History of Sudeley
  • Castle Grounds
  • Family Apartments

More information about Sudeley Castle & Gardens Guided Tours

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Group visits

Discover 1,000 years of English royalty, romance, ruin, and revival with your group.

Must see attractions include:-
  • Castle Rooms
  • St Mary’s Chapel
  • Royal Apartment Ruins
  • Exhibitions
  • Shopping & Cafes

Download the Sudeley Castle Group Guide brochure for more information.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Disabled access

Sudeley Castle welcomes all visitors and want everyone to enjoy their time with us.
Carers are admitted free of charge with two manual ‘off-road’ wheelchairs available to prebook.
Telephone: 01242 604244
As part of a commitment to providing an accessible attraction, Sudeley has implemented wheelchair-friendly pathways around the castle grounds.

Designated disabled car parking spaces are available near the castle and there are disabled WCs near the Visitor Centre and in the Terrace Café.

The Visitor Centre and the Pavilion café are wheelchair accessible.

Some seasonal tours plus the upper floors of the castle exhibition areas are unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties.

A circular route around gardens is wheelchair accessible although some visitors may require assistance from their companion.

Assistant dogs (only) are admitted into all facilities.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens - Dogs policy

Only service dogs are permitted within the castle or gardens; other dogs are not allowed.

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….’

More information about Sudeley Castle & Gardens Weddings.

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