Sherborne Castle and Gardens



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Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle presents glorious staterooms displaying nationally important collections of art, furniture and porcelain. In the Castle’s cellars you can see Raleigh’s Kitchen, and a museum presenting fascinating family artefacts, fossil and archive displays and a ‘Capability’ Brown exhibition that tells of his legacy at Sherborne. There's a new exhibition for 2018 - Sir Walter Raleigh at Sherborne - which will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution. Explore 42 acres of English Landscape Gardens offering delightful walks around a 50 acre lake with spectacular views, herbaceous borders, magnificent specimen trees and sweeping vistas. The tea room offers morning coffees, a range of light lunches and delicious afternoon teas.

Sherborne Castle and Gardens


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Braille guide book, slide show of inaccessible floors
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Closed Mon & Fri but open BHs. Garden: 10-6. Tearoom: 10.30- 5. Shop: 11-5. Castle: 11-5, last admission 4.45.

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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