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.
September: We have three very different book on display for this month.
Firstly we have The Book of Common Prayer that used to be used in the Chapel at Sudeley. This copy was printed in 1831 in the reign of William IV and is notable for the fact that when Victoria took the throne all references to the King in “A Prayer for The King’s majesty” were replaced laboriously in pen with words pertaining to the Queen: – her, she, the Lady etc.
Emma Dent was interested in everything! The second book is “Specimens of Reading in Various Languages” by W Moon. It is dedicated to Emma Dent by the author in 1866 and will give you a chance to experience and try your hand at using braille or as it was then termed “embossed reading for the use of the blind”. There are spelling tests for you to take – they are very simple so do not be put off!
The third book is very appropriate to this house – “Ancient Historical Pictures” features engravings of people who may possibly have visited Sudeley at some time in its illustrious history with the first illustration starting at the top Henry VIII and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
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