near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.
Things to do at Sudeley Castle review
Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, is the perfect day out for all ages. It’s a beautiful castle that is lived in to this day but has a section open to the public as well as extensive well-kept gardens that can be explored.
Outdoors are 10 beautiful gardens, originally created in the 15th century, full of colourful flowers and pruned bushes. There’s a large wooden adventure playground for the children with a huge wooden fort and obstacle course. ‘Lost in the Willow’ is a living willow maze full of tunnels for the children to run through. Various wooden and metal sculptures are dotted around the gardens to keep the children entertained.
The castles are set in the luscious rolling hills of the Cotswolds with much natural wildlife around, but the castle also has some animal attractions of its own. The pheasantry contains many endangered and rare species of pheasant, the ponds are filled with huge koi carp and there are peacocks freely roaming the ground.
Inside the castle see the original 15th-century west wing, the east wing and the exhibition rooms which are open to the public. View a library, a bedroom and dressing room as they were. Learn more about the famous royal residents that have lived in the castle and view historical artefacts. The castle was once the royal residence of King Henry VIII and later home to his sixth wife Katherine Parr who is buried in its chapel.
The castle hosts a number of events throughout the year such as classic car rallies, nature trails, murder mysteries and their outstanding festive light show ‘Spectacle of Light’ which I highly recommend.
Eating – Enjoy a hot or cold meal in the Castle Kitchen restaurant or grab a snack from the Castle Kitchen Pantry in the visitor centre. There are also plenty of picnic benches in the adventure playground or wooden benches within the gardens to enjoy a picnic.
Facilities in brief – Castle that you can explore, large wooden adventure playground, willow maze. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Higher Priced.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced – You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. An adult ticket us just under £17 and just under £8 for a child aged 3-15. Under 3’s are free.
Opening: Sudeley castle is open from mid February until late December. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe GL54 5JD, Gloucestershire, England. Phone: 01242 604244
Category – Historical castle – Indoors and Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
Read a full review of Sudeley Castle here. Written by Victoria at Lylia Rose.
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