1. Visitor Centre, Sudeley Café & Gift Shop
The Visitor Centre shop offers a selection of products, many items especially made for Sudeley. These include greeting cards, stationery, books & gifts. Take a look around ‘Tulah’s Treasure Trove’ – an area of vintage finds which raises money for the Cheltenham Animal Shelter. The Sudeley Café serves a delicious range of hot drinks, cakes and light bites – perfect after a journey or to re-fuel before setting off home!
2. Tithe Barn & Carp Pond
From the castle there is a great view across the lawns leading down to one of the gems of Sudeley Castle Gardens; the old ruined shell of a medieval Tithe Barn, reflected in a pond. The pond, stocked with great koi carp, sets off this magnificent building that dates back to the 15th century.
3. Adventure Playground & Picnic Area
Our fantastic adventure playground has been enhanced with the addition of a 10-piece assault course. Children will play happily for hours in the fort which features hidey holes, towers, a slide and zip-wire as well as adventure trails and swings. An abundance of picnic benches means that it’s an ideal space to sit and relax whilst the children play.
4. Lost in the Willows
Our ‘Lost in the Willows’ living willow maze and dipping pond was created with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and provides an exciting exploration ground where children can discover the habitats of Badger, Mole and Ratty whilst also learning about nature and the environment.
5. The Dungeons
A display of the stones from Winchcombe Abbey, which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1535.
6. Terrace Café, Conservatory & WC
Our Terrace Café, based in the old Banqueting Hall and continued into our glass conservatory, is centrally located with stunning views across the Cotswold countryside. Here you can sit and relax over a coffee, enjoy a delicious hot or cold lunch or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea.
7. Meeting Point for Talks & Tours
The Roman villa in Spoonley Wood on the Sudeley estate ranked amongst the more important Roman houses in Britain and its elaborate mosaic floors were designed and laid by the renowned school of mosaicists working in Corinium (Cirencester).
This exact contemporary replica of one of the floors has been created by Real Mosaic using traditional Roman techniques where every piece of stone (tesserae) is cut by hand using traditional tools.
9. The Mulberry Garden & Lawn
At the foot of the Dungeon Tower is a fine ancient Mulberry tree, planted in 1885 by Emma Dent. The Mulberry was introduced to the UK by James I. Before the trees coming to leaf in the spring, yellow and orange crown Imperials (Fritillaria imperialis) take advantage of the light.
10. Banqueting Hall Ruins
The awesome skeleton of the gothic windows are all that remain of the old castle, but their presence soars above as you walk under them, the great boughs of old sycamores brushing the ancient stonework. For a moment you can almost hear the old Tudors revelling around their great banqueting tables, their hunting dogs lounging by a great log fire.
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39. St. Mary’s Church
The refurbished 15th Century Church was built alongside Boteler’s original Castle. St Mary’s was ruined during the Civil War and in the 18th Century the remains of Katherine Parr were discovered within its walls. Now she lies in a Victorian marble tomb in the Church, which is open to visitors as part of the standard admission ticket.
40. The White Garden
It is believed that a covered passage led from the private quarters of the castle to the Chapel, and it would have been along this path that Katherine Parr would have walked in prayer with Lady Jane Grey. Today two topiaried figures draped in ivy and roses represent their ghostly figures.
41. The Queens’ Garden
The Queens’ Garden must be regarded as the centrepiece of the gardens, not just because it sits in the middle, surrounded by great hedges of yew but because in summer it is a wonderful showcase for roses. Sited on the original Tudor parterre, the formal gardens were replanted to a design by Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall. We are currently in the process of restoring The Queens’ Garden under the guidance of Sir Roddy Llewellyn.
42. The East Garden
Recently redesigned by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe who was inspired by Marvell’s poem The Garden. The poem was written during the turmoil of the Civil War and the intention of the East Garden is to create a calm and meditative refuge through a planting scheme based predominantly on shades of green.
43. The Secret Garden
In 1979 the late Rosemary Verey was commissioned to create a Secret garden to celebrate Lady and Lord Ashcombe’s marriage. Rosemary enclosed the long gallery-like space in yew hedges of one side with old garden walls hemming in the 3 other sides. Beds were raised on all sides to display flowers and we have recently started a programme of rejuvenation inspired by the designs of Sir Roddy Llewellyn.
44. The Rare Breeds Pheasantry
The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world. Working closely with the World Pheasant Association, Sudeley is developing a programme of breeding and conservation for these beautiful and gloriously coloured birds.
45. Tudor Physic Garden
This garden focuses on the plants which were used to create medicines and cures during the Tudor period. The garden is part of the newly-planted Herb Garden Walk, which will inform and fascinate visitors concerning the Wisdom of Nature and the many applications our ancestors had for the plants they grew.
46. Nature Walk
A walkway highlighting the creatures we get visiting the gardens and the environment around us in association with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
47. The Herb Garden Walk
Herbs are nature’s medicine chest and their use in herbal healing stretches back over 4,000 years. The Tudors would have had a physic garden at Sudeley, providing the household with cooking and medicinal plants. Today there is a revival of interest in the use of herbs and their remarkable properties. The walk reflects today’s revival of interest in their remarkable properties.