The Cotswolds have some of England’s most famous and beautiful castles, many with royal connections and many historical stories attached. The area is spread across the Cotswold hills in the South-West of England, just 1 hour and 40 minutes if you are catching a train from London. The Cotswolds is steeped in history and was once famous for being the largest area that contributed to the output of English wool during the Medieval times. It is famous for ‘The Cotswold Way’, a beautiful one hundred miles walk that trails along the Cotswold hills with magical and breath-taking views. Castles in The Cotswolds are not uncommon, in fact the area is home to some of the most stunning castles in England, many of which are top of the tourist attractions in the region. There is also Blenheim Palace which although is not a castle, still remains a stunning and magnificent attraction to The Cotswolds.
Sudeley Castle has had royal influences for a thousand years. It is the only private castle in England to have a royal queen buried within the grounds. Katherine Parr was the last wife of Henry VIII and she lived and died in the castle. The castle is set in 1,200 acres of land and has 10 award-winning gardens with the most distinguished being the Queens Garden. The garden was named after 4 queens who once walked the castle – Katherine Parr, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. There is The Pheasantry at Sudeley which offers a remarkable collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from all around the world.
Berkeley Castle was built in 1153 and has greeted royals over the centuries including Henry VIII, Edward II, Elizabeth I and the late Queen Mother. The castle still belongs to the Berkeley family and remains a beautiful example of English heritage in the stunning Cotswold countryside. There are many interesting and historical stories about the castle, including that the murder of Edward II happened there. Apparently, Midsummers Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, was written for a Berkeley family wedding at the castle. Also, the last court jester known in England died at the castle when he fell from the minstrel’s gallery in the Great Hall. To this day, nobody knows if he was pushed or if he just fell. Berkeley Castle is a perfect example of stunning architecture and English stately culture and is a charming addition to the beauty of The Cotswolds.
Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire is believed to be one of Elizabethan’s finest examples in England. The historic estate is a huge Medieval fortress and one of the largest within the country. It has many connections with Medieval monarchs, associated with King Henry VIII and perhaps more famously tells the royal love story of The Earl of Leicester Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I. The carcass of the castle stands in majestic ruins overlooking the most wonderful new Elizabethan garden that offers colourful wildflowers in all its glory, a perfect haven of tranquillity.
An Exciting Daytrip from London
If you’re visiting England and staying in London, then a daytrip to The Cotswolds is easily accessible. Catching a train from London to Moreton-in-Marsh takes just 1 hour and 40 minutes, bringing you directly to the pick-up point for The Cotswold Mystery Tour. We take you on a wonderful 6-hour tour, showing you some of the most beautiful parts of the countryside, seeing stately homes, castles, Cotswold attractions, pretty market towns and magical chocolate box villages. The Cotswold Mystery Tour takes our guests around the area in a comfortable, luxurious Mercedes 7-seater minibus so you are guaranteed comfort while you take in the breath-taking views. We stop for a morning drink and pastry at a pretty village café and then later for a delicious lunch in a quirky 16th Century inn. The Cotswold Mystery Tour guides are passionate about their knowledge of the area, so will share all the interesting and inspiring secrets of The Cotswolds with you. A visit to The Cotswolds is like a day in paradise, bringing you some of the most beautiful sites of the land with guidance from the friendliest people around. Take a break from city life and escape to The Cotswolds for a relaxing and sensational day out! We would like to advise guests that we do get booked up quickly, so if you don’t want to miss out – book with us soon! We look forward to taking you on The Cotswold Mystery Tour…