Sherborne Castle and Gardens

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Sherborne Castle is one of Dorset's best kept secrets. Designed by the legendary “Capability” Brown, the 42-acre gardens are a stunning example of an English Landscape Garden.

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the home of the Digby family since 1617; a fascinating visit to the historic Sherborne Castle awaits you.

Walk in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built more than 400 years ago. Take a leisurely stroll around 42 acres of our beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ ENGLISH LANDSCAPE GARDENS. Discover walks round the 50-acre lake to Garden features such as Raleigh's Seat, The Cascade and Fossil House. Enjoy colour throughout the seasons. See spectacular carpets of spring bulbs, glorious herbaceous borders and the breath-taking colours of autumn reflected in the lake. Download and listen to our audible garden tour, be guided by our gardeners and family members. Experience the peace and tranquillity: marvel at the spectacular views. Take lunch in The Walled Garden Restaurant situated a short walk from our visitor Carpark in Castle Garden Centre. In the Castle, discover magnificent staterooms, a Tudor kitchen and Family Museum. Uncover the Great Stories of Sherborne Castle telling the stories of key moments in history at the Castle. Make memories and have a lovely day out.

Fact File

Opening Times: Open 4th April – 29th October, please see website for more details.
Admission Rates: See for details.
Group Rates: Refer to or contact 01935 813182 for group prices, which include generous group discounts, free admission for coach drivers and 5% discount at Castle Garden Centre Walled Garden Restaurant.
Group Tours: Pre-bookable, timed tours and private guided tours of the castle are available on request.
Facilities: Castle, Gardens, cold drinks and ice creams are available from the Visitor Entrance situated in the car park.
Disabled Access: Partial access to castle on ground floor. Slide show available on request covering inaccessible floors.
Coach parking: Parking available, please contact to arrange.
Length of Visit: Average length of visit 3-4 hours.
Booking contact: Please contact the Estate Office. Sherborne Castle and Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5NR
Tel: 01935 813182
Location: 5 mins from the centre of Sherborne and the main line railway station from London Waterloo.

Updated: March 2023