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
April – October 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
October 10am-3.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Opening Times House
April – September 12noon-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Sherborne Castle Ticket Prices
There is a 10% discount on the prices given below for online bookings made at least 48 hrs in advance.
|Ticket Type||Gardens||House & Gardens|
|Children (under 5)||Free||Free|
|Historic Houses members||Free||Free|
|English Heritage members||£8.50||£13|
|RHS members (every Wednesday)||Free||no discount|
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.