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The home of the Digby family set within a "Capability" Brown landscaped garden

Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

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Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Discover Dorset’s best kept secret – Sherborne Castle & Gardens. Enjoy a fabulous day out at this glorious venue.
The castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the home of the Digby family since 1617.

Walk in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh and Royalty. The castle comes to life through the “Great Stories” and “Great Women of Sherborne Castle” series which focuses on the key moments of history. The castle reflects over 400 years of decorative styles. See magnificent staterooms, nationally important collections of art, furniture and porcelain, Raleigh’s kitchen, fossil display and a Family Museum pact with family curios including Lord Digby’s false teeth. This is an immersive and interactive experience.

The Castle is set in 42 acres of “Capability” Brown landscape gardens which surround a 50-acre serpentine lake. A short and long walk is available taking you to garden features including: a fossil house, cascade, folly, Raleigh’s seat, sunken garden, orangery and gingko lawn, boat house pier with views overlooking the ruins of the Old Castle. Colour is provided throughout the year. In spring, swathes of daffodils, narcissus, anemones and tulips light up the landscape. High summer colour is provided in the herbaceous borders and the spectacular Autumn colours are reflected in the
lake. The garden is home to many notable champion trees and unusual plants. This natural setting is fabulous for watching a host of wildlife on the lake – a photographer’s paradise. It’s a perfect setting to relax, and for a picnic too! We have a children’s trail and dogs are welcome on short leads.

Lunch can be taken in the Walled Garden Restaurant; please ask the staff at the ticket box for a 5% discount voucher when you arrive and remember to take home a bottle of our very own Sherborne Castle Wine!

The Castle is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Sherborne, an historic market which boasts an abbey, another castle (ruined), famous schools, and fabulous independent shops with an emphasis on antiques, fashion and gifts.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Gardens: 28  March to October, daily

Castle: Please check the website for opening times.

Admission

Gardens only:
Adult – £13
Children (3-15 yrs): £5
Under 3s: free entry

Gardens and timed tour of the castle:
Adult: £18.00
Children (3-15 yrs): £5
Under 3s: free entry

Historic Houses members visit for free. Please scan your membership cards with the staff at the Visitor Entrance on the day of your visit. Timed tour slots of the castle are available to book on the day at the Visitor Entrance or in advance on the website.

Please also note that dogs are welcome in the Gardens, but not permitted in the castle (except guide or assistance dogs).

Group Visits

Take a tailor-made guided tour of the Castle – customised to your group’s interests. Free coach parking is available, and drivers are given a 5%
discount voucher for the Walled Garden Restaurant. Groups of 15+ receive a discount. Private views available by appointment.

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for the latest information.
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Does our information need updating?
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Getting here

Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

Off New Road , B3145, on reaching Sherborne follow brown tourist signs. 1/4 mile from Sherborne railway station with direct link to Waterloo London

Bus stop is located outside the main gate – routes from Yeovil and Shaftsbury. Railway line from / to Exeter and mainline Waterloo London.

sherbourne castle on map

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Sherborne Castle garden in autumn

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