Embracing My Inner Geek is a weekly feature hosted by Lucy at Queen of Contemporary and enables the writer to embrace their inner geek once a week.
I think it has been over a month since I last posted an Embracing My Inner Geek post; how awful am I?! I’m going to try and get back on track now and post once a week. Fingers crossed that I will!
Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Sudeley Castle, which was the home of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth, and final, wife. After Henry’s death, Catherine lived there with Thomas Seymour, the then King Edward’s uncle. Catherine and Thomas then married and had a daughter, Mary.
If you didn’t already know, I am a HUGE history geek. I will eat up anything to do with the Tudors or Victorians (although I have a soft spot for the Tudors) and historical fiction is one of my favourite genres to read.
After reading Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle, I’ve wanted to visit Sudeley Castle and so I was so pleased when I finally visited.
The grounds are really well kept and beautiful. Just walking around, it was easy to imagine yourself in another era entirely.
To get to the actual castle, you need to walk through the gardens and the picture to the left is what you see when you first walk through the shop.
There was a massive carp pond and the fish were right at the top of the water and easy to see. I was a little wary to get close to the water because I have been known to fall over!
The gardens were so beautiful and these bright alliums were particularly gorgeous. As I said above, the gardens are so well kept and I was really impressed.
As you can see in the picture, there’s also these grand yew hedges and you could actually walk through the middle of them.
There was also an aviary with lots of different birds and a church, where Catherine Parr was laid to rest.
I really enjoyed the day and would definitely visit again (I am planning on doing so in the summer). It’s so interesting and I learned a lot just from walking around and observing. I’d definitely suggest visiting.
Zoe Crook22 June, 2013 at 10:28 am
Yay, Embracing My Inner Geek! 😀 I love history too so I’m really jealous of you! The place looks so beautiful. I’m glad you had a great time 🙂
Anya22 June, 2013 at 9:42 am
This looks gorgeous, I’m a massive history geek too!
Rita (Weaving Pages)22 June, 2013 at 11:16 am
I’m a history geek as well. I have been collecting (and reading) the horrible history books since I was little. I have nearly all of them and since today I found one that I didn’t have I bought it straight away..guilty as charged..
So Many Books, So Little Time22 June, 2013 at 8:07 pm
That sounds great! I love history as well 🙂
Rachel (Booktastic Reviews) :D22 June, 2013 at 10:14 pm
Looks really pretty! I love places that seemingly transport you back into another era… I just love the feeling! 😀
Great post! 😀
Rhaine22 June, 2013 at 11:55 pm
Wow, that looks amazing. I’m a huge fan of Tudor novels as well – I love Phillipa Gregory’s ones – and I’ve always wanted to visit Hampton Court Palace and now, because of this post, I really want to visit Sudeley Castle!:D
Pink Lady 63123 June, 2013 at 2:46 am
Looks awesome. I’m not too good with History but it sounds really cool. Thanks for Sharing, Great Images.
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Vegan YA Nerds23 June, 2013 at 9:16 am
What a beautiful place, I love hist. fic too and would love to tour places like this 🙂
Rebekah Campbell23 June, 2013 at 10:52 am
Wow there’s something extra special about walking the same place that a historical figure walked. Absolutely love visiting old houses and castles, there’s nothing like it. Glad you had such a great time, Lucy!