The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles with fine collections of art, furniture and porcelain. In the cellars see Raleigh's kitchen, relics from the Civil War, fascinating historic documents and fossil displays in the Museum.

The gardens provide a peaceful and tranquil setting displaying magnificent specimen trees, colourful borders and sweeping lawns forming one of the finest 'Capability' Brown landscapes in the south west. Delightful walks round the 50-acre lake, past garden features such as Raleigh's Seat, the Cascade and Dinney Bridge offer spectacular views to enjoy.

This natural setting is fabulous for watching a host of wildlife on the lake. It's a perfect setting to relax, and for a picnic too!

Fact File

Opening Times: 1st April to 29th October 2017 – Gardens from 10am, Tea Room 10.30am, Castle and Shop 11am with last admission 4.30pm. Closes at 5pm. Gardens close at 6pm. Closed Mondays and Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday.
Admission Rates: Gardens only, Adult £6.50, Senior £6.00, Child (0-15 years) Free.
Castle and Gardens, Adult £12.00, Senior £11.00. Child (0-15 years) Free. Visit website for full details.
Group rates: Group visits of 15 or more. With self-guided Castle tour Adult/Senior £9.50 Child £4.00
Private Views by Appointment Adult/Senior £12.50 Child £6.50
Tours: Castle tours are available for groups on application.
Facilities: Castle, Gardens, Tea Rooms and Gift Shop.
Disabled Access: Partial access to castle on ground floor.
Slide show available on request covering inaccessible floors.
Coach parking: Ample free parking available for coaches close to the castle entrance.
Length of Visit: Average length of visit 4 hours.
Booking contact: Robert B. Smith, Sherborne Castle and Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5NR
Tel: 01935 812072 Ext 2
Location: 5 mins from the centre of Sherborne and the main line railway station from London Waterloo.