Sherborne Castle

The “new” Sherborne Castle is a 16th-century Tudor mansion 2 miles south east of Sherborne and located near to Sherborne Old Castle which was built in the 12th century but is now in ruins.

Sat Nav postcode DT9 5NR (Google map)


Sherborne Castle Opening Times

Opening Times Gardens
04 April – 31 October 2023, 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
October 10am-3.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Opening Times House
07 April – 17 September 2023 12noon-4pm (last entry 3pm)

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle Ticket Prices

Ticket TypeGardensHouse & Gardens
Adult (16+)£12£16.50
Children (3-15)£5£5
Children (under 3)FreeFree
Historic Houses membersFreeFree
English Heritage members£10.50£15
RHS members (every Wednesday)Freeno discount
Season tickets are also available. Information updated 06 April 2023
Map of Sherborne Castle

The Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 where he lived until he was accused of treason and executed in 1618. His estates were forfeited to the Crown before being sold to Sir John Digby in 1617. It has been the stately home of the Digby family ever since. The four distinctive wings were added in the 1630’s.

“Capability” Brown created the 50-acre lake in 1753 and developed much of the current gardens and landscaping.

The Castle and Gardens are open to the public throughout the year but check their website prior to visiting since opening dates have recently been changed.

Facilities include a tearoom and gift shop.

Several events are hosted throughout the year including a Country Fair, Classic Car Rallies and Jousting Tournaments. The Autumn Colours Weekend is held towards the end of September and is always a popular time to visit. Check their website for upcoming events and dates.

The Boat House
The Orangery
Tea Rooms
Picnic area and gift shop
View of the castle from across the lake
Panoramic view
The Cascade
Mock-ruined tower
The Stables

Related Pages: Sherborne Old Castle / Sherborne / Sherborne Abbey / Shaftesbury