Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617; Sherborne Castle presents glorious staterooms displaying nationally important collections of art, furniture & porcelain.
In the Castle’s cellars Raleigh’s kitchen and a museum with a ‘Capability’ Brown exhibition is on view. A new Raleigh exhibition in 2018 will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution.
Explore 42 acres of English Landscape Gardens offering delightful walks around a 50 acre lake with spectacular views, herbaceous borders, magnificent specimen trees and sweeping vistas.
An award winning Tea Room offers a welcoming atmosphere for morning coffees, a range of traditional light lunches and delicious afternoon teas. Coach groups can enjoy many benefits including generous group discounts, free admission and parking for drivers and tour leaders and a Tea Room food and drink voucher.
Today’s opening hours
Gardens from 10am, Tearoom from 10.30am, Castle & Gift Shop from 11am to last admission at 4.30pm, closing at 5pm, Gardens close at 6pm.
19 April to 27 October: Tuesdays to Thursdays, Saturdays to Sundays. (Open Bank Holiday Mondays).
Gardens: 10am to 5pm.
Castle: 11am to 5pm, last entry 4:15pm.
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.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Beaver taxis 01935 816620
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Castle & Gardens:
Children under 16: free
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
Groups of 15+ receive a discount, private views available by appointment.
Contact for more information.
- Sir Walter Raleigh built the house and lived here. King George III dined here; Charles II inspected his troops here. Prince William of Orange was hosted here and printed his proclamation leaflets at the Castle.
Sherborne Castle is a wonderful venue for Civil Marriage Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Wedding Receptions.
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, with lake and gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the Castle and Gardens provide both a beautiful and historic setting for your dream wedding.
The licenced Orangery provides an elegant setting for Weddings. A marquee can be attached to increase capacity.
Our Reception facilities are offered on a venue only basis, enabling couples to create a bespoke character for their special day.
The Gingko Lawn and lake pier, the Castle and surrounding Gardens make this a truly romantic and magical setting.
Corporate meetings can be held in the Orangery or the upper floor of our tearooms