‘Royal Sudeley 1000 – Trials, Triumphs and Treasures’
Our exhibition rooms have been completely refurbished and redesigned for 2018. Explore the story of Sudeley and uncover the Castle’s secrets…
Starting with the new architectural exhibition on the ground floor, discover the Castle’s Saxon manor house roots, and how it has changed over time into the beautiful building we see today.
Then head into the Brock: The Tale of the Family Badger exhibition. Younger visitors will particularly enjoy reading all about the life of Brock with the Dent-Brocklehurst family in the 60s and 70s, growing up in the nursery with Mollie and Henry.
What’s more, our Nature Trail, which can be discovered around the gardens, educates the whole family on the variety of wildlife to be found on the estate.
Continuing the story of the Dent-Brocklehursts, here you’ll find an insight into 20th Century family life at Sudeley.
Secret Queen of England
Move between the key moments of the Castle’s history, starting with the Secret Queen of England exhibition: discover how Eleanor Boteler enabled Richard III to become King.
Come face to face with Richard III! The Castle was one of just seven venues that took part in the 2014 ‘King Richard III Reconstructed Head’ tour as seen on the Channel 4 TV documentary, ‘The King in the Car Park’. We now have our own representation head, modelled on the portrait of Richard, along with the story of his life and his influence at Sudeley.
Continue into the next room and surround yourself with the Tudors, tracking Sudeley’s Tudor history from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, through to Katherine Parr, Thomas Seymour and Lady Jane Grey.
Enjoy beautiful replica Tudor costumes from Dr. David Starkey’s TV series ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, rare copies of original books written by Katherine Parr, the first queen to have her own work published, Katherine’s love letters to Thomas Seymour and the eye-witness account of the discovery of her body at Sudeley in 1782.
These, together with items taken from her tomb, help to illustrate Dr David Starkey’s film ‘The Life and Loves of Katherine Parr, Queen of England and Mistress of Sudeley’, which is shown at the end of the exhibition rooms in the Knot Corridor.
The crowning glory of a trip to Sudeley is visiting Katherine Parr’s tomb in St Mary’s Church – Sudeley is notable for being the only private castle to have a queen buried in its grounds.
‘The Longest Party in History’
Discover more about Elizabeth I’s three day visit to Sudeley in 1592, as she went on a grand progress to celebrate the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
The Civil War
Sudeley Castle became the headquarters of Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Charles I’s dashing cavalry commander. The castle came under siege two times, and you can still see cannonball hole evidence on one side of the Octagon Tower.
Admire Charles I’s enormous four-poster campaign bed in the Chandos bedroom and his bombards in the Civil War section of the exhibition, alongside those of Oliver Cromwell’s.
200 Years of Neglect
For the next two centuries Sudeley lay derelict and fell into picturesque ruin. George III visited the castle several times and famously fell down the stairs of the Octagon Tower.
Discover how in 1782 a group of lady sightseers uncovered Katherine Parr’s forgotten tomb.
The Dents and the Emma Dent Museum
Wealthy glove maker brothers purchased the Castle in 1837 and the exhibition turns it’s focus to Emma Dent – Victorian chatelaine of Sudeley, philanthropist and avid collector.
Several beautiful displays provide a great insight into Victorian life, showcasing a fascinating collection of items she accumulated from all over the world.
The Textiles Collection
Including Marie Antoinette’s bed hangings and an extensive lace collection. Sudeley’s textile treasure trove displays techniques spanning over 400 years.
This fine exhibition has been described as one of the best in the country and includes a 17th century Stumpwork casket, delicate lace and a Sheldon tapestry on display in the Library.
The Document Room
Explore Emma Dent’s extensive autograph collection, including famous names such as Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. This room also displays her collection of Wellington and Queen Victoria memorabilia.