Castle celebrates Queen Katherine’s 500th birthday

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Gloucestershire’s Sudeley Castle is celebrating the quincentenary of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, who lived at the castle and is buried in the chapel.

Next year’s events include family Tudor Fun Days, literary and historical talks and a Tudor themed banquet on September 8. The following day sees a re-enactment of Katherine Parr’s funeral, following the original service and music.

Nine unique award-winning gardens are open daily from 1030 to 1700hrs. The castle is open for guided tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There is a coffee shop, a visitor and plant centre and a pheasantry housing a collection of 15 rare and endangered bird species.

Coach parking is adjacent to the Visitor Centre and drivers receive complimentary admission and a coffee shop voucher.

Prices for groups of 20 plus are £7.50 adult, £6.50 concessions, £5.00 children between five and 15 while under fives are free.

Coaches must enter the premises through the castle’s exit gate due to a height and weight restriction imposed on the entrance gate. For more details ring 01242 604244 or visit