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. March: The book that is on display throughout March was written by the Reverend Cooper Willyams in 1791 and was dedicated to his friend Samuel Egerton Brydges, a descendant of the Lord Chandos’s who had been granted ownership of Sudeley Castle in Tudor times. There is an interesting picture of Sudeley in its ruined state and Willyams gives an account of the history of Sudeley from the time of the conquest through to the destruction wrought by the Civil War and the romantic ruin that Sudeley had become by the end of the 18th century. Please feel free to look and read and if you would like to see more pages, please ask the guide to assist you.
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