Uncover key moments in Lady Ashcombe’s 50-year tenure as Sudeley Castle’s longest serving steward in a new display or tour at the Gloucestershire estate. 

Lady Ashcombe leading a group around the gardens on a tour

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Book a garden tour to explore Sudeley’s extensive grounds.

Along with the chance to learn more about the 1,000-year history associated with the Tudor estate in Winchcombe on a group tour, visitors can enjoy a new exhibition which commemorates Lady Ashcombe’s 50th anniversary year as Chatelaine. 

The display recounts how Lady Ashcombe’s dedication over the past 50 years ensured the survival and development of the Sudeley Castle estate into a major heritage destination shared with an estimated 3.5 million visitors to date. It will remain open for the season until 3rd November 2024.

Afternoon tea in the Orangery

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Catering options, including afternoon tea, are available for groups. 

Elsewhere, groups can book a 45-minute talk on the history of Sudeley, led by a knowledgeable guide, to delve into key moments in the estate’s history. Or, tour the castle’s rooms which offer an insight into the many treasures, objects and paintings accumulated over the years, including works by Turner, van Dyke and ‘The Allegory of the Tudor Succession’ commissioned by Elizabeth I in 1585. 

Visitors can top off their trip by enjoying refreshments in the upgraded Castle Coach House and Pavilion Cafe. Or take advantage of the group catering deals available to parties of 15 or more, with exclusive use of the Orangery. Group dining options include morning tea or coffee with a pastry or muffin, or a brunch with sausage and bacon rolls, seasonal frittata, crisp potato rosti and mini pastries.

Exterior of Sudeley Castle & Gardens in Gloucestershire

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There’s more than 1,000 years of history to explore on a visit.

You can also choose from two lunch menus, one offering a lighter option of sandwiches and small savoury bites, while the other offers a seasonal gourmet two or three course lunch menu. Afternoon tea bookings are also available. 

Garden tour options

The estate has ten award-winning gardens to see on a group guided tour, including The Queen’s Garden filled with many varieties of roses in Tudor Parterre fashion, juxtaposed with the gothic ruins of the estate’s 15th century royal apartments.

The 90-minute garden tour, or the 90-minute historic grounds tour, delve into the horticultural secrets and architectural history of the grounds. Both use wheelchair-accessible pathways. 

To find out more about group bookings to Sudeley Castle & Gardens, visit sudeleycastle.co.uk or contact groups@sudeley.org.uk /01242 602308.