Sudeley Castle sits nestled in the Cotswold Hills, surrounded by 1200 acres of grounds, award-winning gardens and historic medieval ruins. The gardens have their origins in Tudor parterres and topiary, features which were sadly neglected over the years. In recent years, they have been restored by Lady Ashcombe, assisted by garden experts such as Rosemary Verey and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall. This year Sir Roddy Llewellyn joins Sudeley as Design Consultant.
The design of the gardens respects their setting and pays tribute to their history. The Queens Garden is at its best in June when hundreds of old-fashioned roses delight the senses of our visitors during Rose Week (20th – 26th June 2011). More formal planting in the Elizabethan-inspired Knot Garden contrasts with the wild vigour of clematis veiling the walls of the old Banqueting Hall. Features of the East Garden include Chinese rockii tree peonies, while the ancient Mulberry planted by Emma Dent in 1885 graces the foot of the Dungeon Tower. Highlights for 2011 include the introduction of the Tudor Physic Garden, which features herbal healing plants as used in Tudor and Elizabethan times.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & DO
Naturally, visitors to Sudeley’s gardens wouldn’t want to miss the Castle itself, with centuries of royal links, guided tours and events throughout the year. Please see our website for details. Sudeley boasts a fabulous children’s play area with wooden fort, slide and zip wire, set in a family picnic area. Suitable for children 5 years or over. LOCAL AREA Winchcombe is an attractive Saxon town, built in Cotswold stone and offering museums, restaurants and independent shops. It is a popular base for walking, with several routes, including the Cotswold Way, passing through the town. Further afield lie Cheltenham with its festivals and horse-racing; Prescott Hill Climb; Belas Knap ancient burial chamber and Broadway with its country park.
PLACES TO STAY
Sudeley Castle offers self-catering cottages in the grounds, which offer an ideal base to explore the Cotswolds. For further information or to check availability, please contact the Cottage Administrator on 01242 602308 or visit our website.
HOW TO FIND US
Sudeley Castle is situated near Winchcombe, 8 miles north east of Cheltenham on the B4632 (A46) or just 10 miles from junction 9 of the M5. A bus service operates between Winchcombe and Cheltenham or Broadway. Please contact Castleways on 01242 602 949 for more information. The closest train station is Cheltenham Spa.
26th March – 6th November 2011. Daily 10.30 – 5.00 pm (closed 1st October)
ENTRY Adults £7.20
Children 5-15yrs: £4.20
Children under 5: Free
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children): £20.80
Members & Friends of the Historic Houses Association: Free
(Times and prices for special events may differ – please check our website)
FOOD & DRINK
The Sudeley Coffee Shop is located in the Banqueting Hall.
We serve a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, hot and cold meals, cakes, coffees, teas, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Many of the products used in our food are locally sourced and most dietary requirements can be catered for.
POSTCODE FOR CAR SAT NAVs
Please be aware that some satellite navigation systems may direct you via a circuitous route and it may be best to check a map for a direct route.
FRIENDS/VOLUNTEERS WEBSITE / TEL No.
Recorded info: 01242 604357
General info: 01242 602308
Visitor centre: 01242 604244