Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in British history for over 1,000 years, and this makes it one of the most exciting English castles to visit in the country.
Of all the castles in Gloucestershire, none have seen so much war, romance and royalty as Sudeley.
The castle was a base for Richard III during the Wars of the Roses and saw battle during the Civil War – look out for the cannon ball hole that can still be seen in the Octagon Tower.
Four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – visited the castle, and Katherine Parr lived and died here. Visitors can view her tomb, which is located in St Mary’s Church, as well as the love letters she wrote to Thomas Seymour.
Discover why Sudeley is one of the best castles in the UK
Located only eight miles from Cheltenham and Broadway, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds. The last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle, where she still remains today entombed in a beautiful 15th century church found within the award-winning gardens.
One of the best English castles to visit
While at the castle discover the ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ and visit the extensive exhibitions – including the castle’s rare textile collection – which bring to life the rich history of one of England’s most royally-connected castles.
A pheasantry, adventure playground with picnic area, gift shop and two cafés complete the perfect day out.
Malaysian Airlines, in partnership with Visit Britain arranged a VIP trip to the Cotswolds last October. This included a very special tour of Sudeley Castle and tea with Lady Ashcombe, which was all captured in the below video.