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.
May: The Book of the month for May is a photograph album and diary compiled by Major John Henry Dent-Brocklehurst. This 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!
He was following a tradition of travel in these parts as his great aunt Marianne had travelled extensively in this region, bringing back many artefacts especially from Egypt. His uncle John Fielden Brocklehurst was posted to both Egypt and the Sudan where he worked with his great friend General Gordon.
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.
2017 Known Closures of Library & Morning Room:
13 May – until 11am
1 June – from 2pm
8 June – until 11am
15 June – from 2pm
13 August – all day
2 September – until 11am