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Sherborne Castle

Type:Historic Site / Building

New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

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Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home of the Digby family since 1617. Sherborne Castle presents glorious staterooms displaying nationally important collections of Art, Furniture & Procelain. In the Castle's cellars view Raleigh's kitchen, and a Museum presenting fascinating family artefacts, Fossil & Archive displays and a 'Capability' Brown exhibition drawn from the archives tells of his impact and legacy on the Garden.

A New exhibition for 2018 - Sir Walter Raleigh at Sherborne - will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution.

The fabulous Grade 1 listed Garden is a must see for all arborists, horticulturalists and anyone who appreciates a lake landscape. Paths and trails lead you through 30 acres of Gardens and Pleasure Grounds commanding spectacular vews of more than 1,000 acres of lake and parkland.

The Castle is a perfect place to 'escape', and enjoy the timeless tranquillity of the beautiful lakeside gardens. Enjoy morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas in our award winning Tea Room. The Gift shop has a selection og gifts, souvenirs and Sherborne Castle wine. 

There is a public events programme in the open season; this is a venue for private, corporate functions and weddings.

Suitable for the Disabled: access to the ground floor of the Castle where a slide show runs showing the inaccessible rooms. The Gardens are accessible in part. There are disabled WCs.

Private guided tours and self-guided tours for groups of 15 or more are available for pre-booking.

Dogs should be kept on leads.


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.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted
  • Cheques accepted
  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups: Booking Essential
  • Groups: Free Entry for Driver and GTO
  • Min group size - Minimum group size of 15 no. applies
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided tours by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount


Opening Times

* 30th March to 28th October 2018; Closed Mondays and Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays.
Garden open from 10am, closes 6pm.
Tearoom open from 10.30am, last orders 4.45pm, closes 5pm.
Shop open 11am, closes 5pm.
Castle open from 11am, last admission 4.15pm, closes 5pm.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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