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Sherborne Castle

Type:Historic House / Palace

New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

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Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, it became the home of the Digby family in c1617 and has remained so to the present day. Prince William of Orange was entertained here in 1688 and George III visited in 1789. The castle reflects various styles from the Elizabethan hall to the Victorian solarium. Splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain are on view. The grounds around the 50-acre lake were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. Today three floors of the Castle are open for public viewing. The Castle is a perfect place to 'escape', and enjoy the timeless tranquillity in the 30 acres of beautiful lakeside gardens. Enjoy morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas in the tearoom. Gift shop. Public events programme through the open season; venue for private, corporate and wedding functions.

Suitablity for the Disabled: WCs. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Suitability for Dogs: On leads.

Guide Prices

Castle & Gardens - Adult £12.00, Senior £11.50. Gardens only - Adult £6.50, Senior £6.50.
Children U16 Free (max 4 per adult). Apply for group discount prices.


Road Directions

By Road:
Nearest major road is A30/A303. Castle situated on B3145, 0.5 miles east of Sherborne, follow brown signs from A30/A352.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Sherborne station. Turn right over railway crossing to T-junction. Turn left, castle is 500 yards away. London Waterloo to exeter mainline service, trains operated by South West Trains.

Accessible by Public Transport: Sherborne (main line Exeter/Wa station is 1 mile away.



  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Key Features

  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Spanish printed material


Opening Times

* 1st April to 29th October 2017

Gardens from 10am, Tearoom from 10.30am and Castle & Gift Shop from 11am.
Castle, last admission 4.30pm, closes at 5pm. Tearooms and Shop close at 5pm. Gardens close at 6pm.
Closed Mondays & Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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