You can now explore even more of Sudeley Castle & Gardens as a number of the family’s private rooms have been opened to the public, some of which have never been seen before.
This includes the stunning red and gold Tudor Document Room, which contains Queen Katherine Parr’s hand-written books and love letter to Sir Thomas Seymour accepting his proposal of marriage; the light and feminine Sewing Room which has antique textiles on display as well as providing one of the best views of the ruins; and the richly panelled Library where you can view Charles I’s dispatch box, the exquisite 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, and the Portrait of Rubens by Van Dyck.
In addition, visitors can also explore the Morning Room, the Civil War themed Chandos bedroom featuring Charles I’s campaign bed, and the Major’s Dressing Room and bathrooms.
These rooms have been uniquely decorated by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and form part of an extended and revamped route around the castle, which includes the highly anticipated ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ – a collection of unique artifacts and works of art of great historical importance.
Book of the Month
Lady Ashcombe is looking forward to showing some of the wonderful books in the Sudeley Castle collection. A variety of the books, some of which are over 300 years old, will be selected from the collection and will be displayed in the library. The books will be changed on a regular basis.
The book of the month this week is “Antiquities of Gloucestershire” by Samuel Lysons which was published in 1804.
It contains some excellent printed plates, originally drawn by Lysons himself from 1799 through to 1803, and shows various sites throughout the County.
Of particular interest here are the drawings made of Sudeley (or Sudley as he referred to the castle). He starts with plate 47 which is of the South West view of the chapel before restoration. As he says in the footnotes on page 16 – “The nave was unroofed and filled with rubbish; it was reduced to this state in the Civil War”. Plate 48 is of the south west view of Sudeley; Plate 49 depicts the remains of the Dungeon Tower, Plate 50 shows the outside of the banqueting hall and plate 51 is an inside view of the hall.
An explanation of the plates is to be found on pages 16-17, and there is a full list of plates at the start of the book.
If you live elsewhere in the County and would like to see if your location is shown, please ask a guide to help you.
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.