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In pictures: Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

In the small Cotswold town of Winchcombe is Sudeley Castle. One of the few castles that’s still a private home, its owners Lord and Lady Ashcombe open it up to visitors for part of each year. Over the years since it was built in the 15th century it’s had numerous owners and played host to at least six English Kings and Queens. The castle’s most famous resident was one of them – Katherine Parr, aka Henry VIII’s sixth wife. She managed to escape the fate of the previous five wives and outlive him, moving to Sudeley after his death. But she died only 18 months later, aged 36, following complications from childbirth and was buried in the castle’s chapel. You can see her tomb there as well as wandering the gardens, ruins and parts of the castle, with some of the owners’ private areas open for guided tours.

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire
Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Castle chapel, Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Maze in gardens at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Maze in gardens at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle is located in the village of Winchcombe, eight miles north of Cheltenham in the Cotswolds. The castle and gardens are open daily from 10.30am–5pm between mid-March and November. Entrance costs £11 for adults, plus £5 for the organised tours of the house or gardens.

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  1. Really gorgeous photos, Lucy, and it looks like a fascinating place.

    October 17, 2013
    • I’d been meaning to go for ages as it’s only a few miles from me so grabbed the opportunity when we had a sunny afternoon!

      October 17, 2013
  2. Beautiful photos – I especially like the B&W of the knot garden. Nice place for an afternoon out.

    October 17, 2013
    • Good tea room for a cream tea too which is always a bonus!

      October 17, 2013
  3. Amazing photos, would love to tour to see these stunning places 🙂 Maybe one day…

    October 17, 2013
    • Thanks, hope you do get to make the trip one day!

      October 17, 2013
  4. Hi Lucy. I agree that the photos are stunning–especially the b/w. Nice job!

    October 17, 2013
    • Thank you – it’s a great place to photograph, lots of interesting details!

      October 17, 2013
  5. great shot

    October 17, 2013
  6. It looks gorgeous. Fabulous pictures. Love how blue the sky is!

    October 17, 2013
    • Thanks, those autumn sunny days are so gorgeous!

      October 17, 2013
  7. I went to a classical concert there one summer with a Spitfire flypast. It was a balmy summer’s evening and was wonderful.

    October 17, 2013
    • That sounds fantastic – I’ll have to look out for something like that next year!

      October 17, 2013
  8. I’m saying Spitfire – might have been a Lancaster..anyway a plane from WWII!

    October 17, 2013
  9. There’s something about castles – they just make for great (and grand) days out. I love these photos. And great travelling local skills! I’ve just been out for dinner with a friend and we’re planning a few local jaunts (though maybe not trips to castles) soon.

    October 17, 2013
    • There are so many interesting places to visit close to home if you go looking – it’s easy to overlook them for more exotic spots! Good luck with your local travels too.

      October 18, 2013
  10. Ben #

    What a great piece of history! Lovely photos too, I love the B&W. It looks like you had some fantastic weather for a British autumn.

    October 18, 2013
    • Luckily its not far from home so we could nip out there when the sun made an appearance – love sunny autumn days but you can’t rely on the weather here at all!

      October 18, 2013
  11. A place I would love to visit. The pictures are enticing.

    October 20, 2013
  12. Reblogged this on Traveltoppings and commented:
    Beauty!

    October 30, 2013
  13. Charming images. The ruins are particularly evocative.

    November 11, 2013
    • It’s a really interesting mix as some parts are still lived in and very well maintained, then you’ve also got the ruined bit which look like they’ve been abandoned for hundreds of years.

      November 11, 2013
  14. A fabulous account Lucy. Love the shots of the topiary maze and the ruins.

    November 12, 2013

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