You can now explore even more of Sudeley Castle & Gardens as a number of the family’s private rooms have been opened to the public, some of which have never been seen before.
This includes the stunning red and gold Tudor Document Room, which contains Queen Katherine Parr’s hand-written books and love letter to Sir Thomas Seymour accepting his proposal of marriage; the light and feminine Sewing Room which has antique textiles on display as well as providing one of the best views of the ruins; and the richly panelled Library where you can view Charles I’s dispatch box, the exquisite 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, and the Portrait of Rubens by Van Dyck.
In addition, visitors can also explore the Morning Room, the Civil War themed Chandos bedroom featuring Charles I’s campaign bed, and the Major’s Dressing Room and bathrooms.
These rooms have been uniquely decorated by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and form part of an extended and revamped route around the castle, which includes the highly anticipated ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ – a collection of unique artifacts and works of art of great historical importance.
New for 2017: Book of the Month
Lady Ashcombe is looking forward to showing some of the wonderful books in the Sudeley Castle collection. A variety of the books, some of which are over 300 years old, will be selected from the collection and will be displayed in the library. The books will be changed on a regular basis.
The books that we have chosen to start off the 2018 book of the month season with are photograph albums and diaries compiled by Major John Henry Dent-Brocklehurst. The first diary details his travels through India, Egypt, the Sinai, the Blue Nile and Asia Minor covering the time period from 1908 to 1912. Here they are a mixture of snatches from embassy and military life, reconnaissance and map making missions and hunting trips. The album finishes with his party being caught in the middle of a Greek and Turkish dispute, with his boat being stopped by a Greek gunboat.
The second details his trip through Somaliland and Abyssinia from October 1913 through to January 1914. There are some lovely photos of life in these regions and he keeps a brief but meticulous diary, noting, amongst other things, the trophies that he bagged!
The smaller diaries are his war diaries from the trenches of World War 1. He was wounded in September 1914 with a spent bullet hitting him around the eye, and his war in this region concluded with him being wounded by a sniper’s bullet in November 1914 when in the trenches near Ypres.
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.
2018 Known Closures of Library & Morning Room (subject to change):
7 April – until 11am
16 June – 1:30-4pm
23 June – until 11am
8 August – until 11am
18 August – until 11am
1 September – TBC
8 September – TBC
15 September – until 12pm
3 November – all day
23-26 November – all day
1 December – from 1pm