In pictures: 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 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.