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Winchcombe Town

The ancient Saxon town of Winchcombe is situated in a beautiful Cotswold valley mid-way between Broadway and Cheltenham (approx each 15 minutes away by car).

The name Winchcombe means 'valley with a bend', and today the town still retains street which curve gracefully along the 'combe'.

The inns, restaurants, tea rooms, and shops set among Winchcombe's three main streets are full of the character of times past.

Local Attractions

Sudely Castle with beautiful gardens. Queen Katherine Parr is entombed here.

Cheltenham racecourse at Prestbury Park is a big attraction for National Hunt fans, and the Prescott Hillclimb Course hold motoring events at various times throughout the year.

The ancient abbey at Hailes is a few miles out towards Broadway and the the stone age 'long barrow' burial ground at Belas Knap is located on the hill overlooking Corndean a few miles out on the road to Andoversford. A short walk from the road and worth it for the magnificent views.

Cotswolds cottages in Winchcombe
Beautiful cottages in Vineyard street
ancient shopping street in Winchcombe
View of Hailes street
St. Peters Church at Winchcombe
St. Peters church built 1465

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Descending Cleeve Hil from the Cheltenham direction, you will arrive at Winchcombe. St. Peters church is guarded by forty of the country's finest grotesque gargoyles.

The church has an unusually fine weather cock measuring nearly 6 feet from beak to tail. Originally at the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe in Bristol, it came to Winchcombe in 1872.

Walking Route 5 Miles approx 2.5 hours

Stride past Sudeley Castle then up and around the valley for elevated views across to Cleeve
Common and Charlton Abbots. Walk through tranquil countryside full of wildlife and flowers. For comprehensive guide see - www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/userfiles/file/walks/jubilee/
winchcombe-and-the-sudeley-valley.pdf.

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle's most famous resident was Queen Catherine Parr (1512-1548) the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. She only survived the king by a year, dying after giving birth to her only daughter Mary and is buried in the chapel. The castle has fine gardens laid out by Emma Dent who came to Sudeley in 1852 and set about restoring the house and gardens which are now one of the premier tourist attractions in the north Cotswolds.

Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe

Award winning gardens and medieval ruins surround the Castle, which sits nestled in the Cotswold Hills on the edge of the historic town of Winchcombe.  The extensive gardens have been lovingly restored and designed to reflect the Castle’s fascinating past and enhance the historic moments and romantic stories held by the building’s old stones.  The Queens Garden is amongst the finest rose gardens in England and sits on the original Tudor Parterre.  Sudeley has welcomed Sir Roddy Llewellyn as Garden Design Consultant for 2011 and this summer will see the launch of a new Herbal Healing Garden.

Sudeley has played host to many royal figures throughout history and was famously the former home of  Katherine Parr, who is buried in St Mary’s Chapel within the grounds. Fascinating exhibitions explore Sudeley’s history and new for 2011 is the story of ‘Brock The Badger’ once the family pet to the Dent-Brocklehurst family.  Tours of the family’s private apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.  The children’s play area boasts a giant wooden play fort and family picnic area.

A visit to the Cotswolds is not complete without seeing one of the finest Castles and gardens in the country.

Sudeley is open from April to end of October.
Daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm
Adults £7.20
Concessions: £6.20
Children 5-15yrs: £4.20
Children under 5: Free
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children): £20.80
Members & Friends of the Historic Houses Association: Free

www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, nr. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD

Visitor Centre: 01242 604244
Estate Office: 01242 602308
enquiries@sudeley.org.uk

Ink sketch of Sudeley Castle by Richard Grassi
Ink Sketch of Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe by Richard Grassi
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