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Historic House, next open Thu 8 Jun - Sun 29 Oct 2017, £6-£12


Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle

Green Drawing Room


Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, it became the home of the Digby family in c1617 and has remained so to the present day. Prince William of Orange was entertained here in 1688 and George III visited in 1789. The castle reflects various styles from the Elizabethan hall to the Victorian solarium. Splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain are on view. The grounds around the 50-acre lake were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. Today three floors of the Castle are open for public viewing. The Castle is a perfect place to 'escape', and enjoy the timeless tranquillity in the 30 acres of beautiful lakeside gardens. Enjoy morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas in the tearoom. Gift shop. Public events programme through the open season; venue for private, corporate and wedding functions.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Suitablity for the Disabled: WCs. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Suitability for Dogs: On leads.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Thu 8 Jun - Sun 29 Oct 2017 Tue - Thu 11:00 to 17:00 | Sat - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
1st April to 29th October 2017

Gardens from 10am, Tearoom from 10.30am and Castle & Gift Shop from 11am.
Castle, last admission 4.30pm, closes at 5pm. Tearooms and Shop close at 5pm. Gardens close at 6pm.
Closed Mondays & Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday.


Castle & Gardens - Adult £12.00, Senior £11.50. Gardens only - Adult £6.50, Senior £6.50.
Children U16 Free (max 4 per adult). Apply for group discount prices.

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Plan route to Sherborne Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 649164  Lat: 50.94601 Long: -2.50073

By Road:
Nearest major road is A30/A303. Castle situated on B3145, 0.5 miles east of Sherborne, follow brown signs from A30/A352.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Sherborne station. Turn right over railway crossing to T-junction. Turn left, castle is 500 yards away. London Waterloo to exeter mainline service, trains operated by South West Trains.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Sherborne (main line Exeter/Wa station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Suitablity for the Disabled: WCs. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Suitability for Dogs: On leads.