Enjoy the Cotswolds and Sudeley Castle

On any trip to the Cotswolds, a visit to Sudeley Castle will be a highlight. Combining grandiose rooms, a rich history and superb gardens, the castle has something for all the family. One of Henry VIII's wives is buried here and the place has numerous stories to enthral the visitor.

A jewel in the hills

Sudeley Castle enjoys a glorious Gloucestershire location. It is situated at Winchcombe, eight miles north of the well-preserved spa town of Cheltenham. The rolling pastures and hills of the Cotswolds surround the castle, with numerous quaint and welcoming villages to visit in the vicinity.

Tudor enthusiasts will be fascinated by the association with Henry VIII's wife Katherine Parr. An exhibition was created in 2012 to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of the king's sixth wife. It features her original writings and a film biography presented by historian David Starkey.

The Emma Dent collection offers interesting insights into Victorian life at Sudeley, including Emma's impressive collection of autographs of prominent Victorians.

The gardens are probably Sudeley's biggest draw though. The hop field, falcon lawn and lavish seasonally-altering flower gardens are among the most impressive in England, complemented by the dramatic backdrop of the Cotswolds. Explore by yourself or join one of the themed tours.

Sudeley Castle is open from March to November. Adult admission is £12, although, if you just want to explore the gardens, outdoor admission charges are £8. There are discounts available for family tickets and children under 5 are admitted for free. There is also a 20 percent discount for English Heritage members.

Take the train

Sudeley Castle can be visited by public transport with a little pre-planning. The nearest train station to Sudeley is Cheltenham Spa, served by regular trains from London and Birmingham. The nearest airport is Birmingham. There is a bus service from Cheltenham to Winchcombe for those who want to avoid driving.

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