The Cotswolds in the south west of England has a unique history and culture, including plenty of castles and great houses you can visit during your stay. All fantastically beautiful, these great places have all been an important part of history over the centuries and offer a fun day out for the entire family. If you’re looking for somewhere to visit during your stay at Monks Mill barn, try these 6 amazing, historical castles.
The beautiful baroque Blenheim Palace was built in the 18th century to celebrate the defeat of the French in the War of Spanish Succession. Currently home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace has been the site of many historical moments, including the birth of Winston Churchill.
Visiting Blenheim Palace, you can enjoy a number of exhibitions, tours and events, as well as 2,000 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown. If you’re taking young children, they’ll love going to the Pleasure Gardens on the miniature train – a specially designed family area where you can get lost in a giant hedge maze, spend energy in the adventure playground and see beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house.
Sudeley Castle can be found near Winchcombe and has wonderful exhibits of fascinating and interesting treasures from ancient Romans times up to today. Not only is there a 1,200 acre estate to explore, the garden are renowned and have won awards more than 10 times, including the Queens Garden. The Queens Garden has provided privacy and solitude for four queens, including Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey, Katherine Parr and Anne Boleyn.
You can also visit the grave of Katherine Parr – the last of Henry VIII’s queen, in Sudeley Castle’s 15th century church.
Kenilworth Castle has more than 900 years of history to enjoy and is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun day out for the entire family. As well as the marvellous Norman keep, there’s an excellent exhibition held in the Gatehouse and you can conquer the heights of a tower built in order to win the favour of Elizabeth I.
Relax with a stroll in the Elizabethan gardens and discover the beauty of Kenilworth’s ornate aviary and marble fountain.
Located in leafy south Gloucestershire, Thornberry Castle was once owned by Henry VIII and is where he stayed with Anne Boleyn during their honeymoon. The castle has been stood firm and seen many great historical events over the years. Today, Thornberry Castle is renowned for its restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of delicious food of the finest quality and even eat in its dungeons between May and September.
Market House, Tetbury
The 17th century market hall in Tetbury is built on stone columns and a stone flagged floor, and is a symbol of the prosperous wool trade the Cotswolds enjoyed in the 17th century. The hall is still in use today, with a general market you can explore every Wednesday. If you’re looking for a truly special experience, however, the Women’s Institute also holds a market on Friday mornings.
Berkeley Castle was originally built as a March Castle to help keep the Welsh out of England, and has been home to the Berkeley family for more than 850 years. There are still many castle features that point to the castle’s past, including arrow slits, trip steps (designed to make an enemy stumble in the case of attack), worn stones from sentries standing guard and huge barred doors.
Today, Berkeley Castle has a more inviting and friendly atmosphere, welcoming visitors from around the world. There’s about 6,000 acres of land with the estate and including a deer park and in the castle there are historic archives dating as far back as 1154.
After a long day of exploring the history and culture of the Cotswolds, there’s no better place to come home to than Monks Mill barn. For more information and availability, call us today on 01608 737 891 or get in touch online.