Set against the backdrop of the Cotswold Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sudeley Castle’s nine individual Cotswold gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn.
There are a number of gardens near Gloucester, but none so beautifully designed as Sudeley’s. Eminent landscape designers including Lanning Roper, Rosemary Verey, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, Charles Chesshire and, more recently, Sir Roddy Llewellyn have all been involved in the design and layout of the gardens, which are among the most popular gardens to visit in the UK.
Visit the most historic gardens in the Cotswolds
The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once admired the hundreds of varieties of roses found in the garden.
St Mary’s Church, in which Katherine Parr is buried, is bordered by the White Garden, rich with peonies, clematis, roses and tulips, where Katherine and her companion, Lady Jane Grey would have entered the church for daily prayers.
The Knot Garden is based on a dress pattern worn by Elizabeth I in a portrait which hangs in the castle. Over 1,200 box hedges form its intricate geometric design, interspersed with coloured gravel and a Moorish mosaic fountain at the centre.
The ruins of the 15th century Tithe Barn form the centre of a beautiful romantic garden, featuring a tranquil carp pond surrounded by wisteria, primroses, hollyhocks and cardoons.
View the beautiful Cotswold garden flowers
Each of the gardens contains a plethora of Cotswold garden flowers. Visit these in the Secret Garden, the Mulberry Garden and the Herb Garden Walk. In the Mulberry Garden, country flowers and cool greenery surrounds the mulberry tree planted in 1865 by Emma Dent. The Herb Garden Walk takes visitors through a fine collection of plants which have been cultivated for their medical properties for thousands of years – even though many are poisonous.