Sudeley Castle information
Lonely Planet review
The town’s main attraction, this magnificent castle was once a favoured retreat of Tudor and Stuart monarchs. It once served as the home of Katherine Parr (Henry VIII’s widow) and her second husband, Thomas Seymour, with Princess Elizabeth (before she became Elizabeth I) part of the household for a time until finally, Seymour’s inappropriate displays of affection towards Elizabeth prompted Katherine to banish her from the premises. It’s worth paying extra to visit the South Hall exhibition, detailing the history of the intricate knot garden, and displaying a splendid portrait of Elizabeth I. Just outside are the beautiful remains of the banquet hall, covered with creepers. The house is still used as a family home, and much of the interior is off limits to visitors, but you can get a glimpse of its grand proportions while visiting the exhibitions of costumes, memorabilia and paintings and the surrounding gardens. For insight into real life in the castle, join one of the ‘Connoisseur Tours’ (£15, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm).