Set right in the heart of the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sudeley Castle has gardens so beautiful they win award after award and a 1000 year long history to enthral its visitors. This Tudor castle’s had more than its share of royal connections over the centuries, and it’s the only private castle in the country to be the resting place of a queen. The last wife of King Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, lies buried in the church in the castle’s grounds as she lived her final days in the castle itself.
Now for the gardens…carefully restored to reflect the tranquil atmosphere of the castle and its ruins, the Studeley Castle gardens manage to stun no matter what the season. Visit in springtime and you’ll be greeted by row upon row of tulips, smell the heady scent of the roses in the summer and admire the sight of the tender plants if you visit as summer fades and autumn settles.
Make sure you don’t miss the Banqueting Hall ruins, as the gardens that creep across it have been expertly designed to give it the appearance of a long-forgotten corner of the garden that’s been left to grow wild. Roses hang quietly from gothic windows, clematis curtains walls, and the garden has the feel that it’s been sleeping undiscovered for centuries.