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Sherborne Castle

New Road | Sherborne, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Sherborne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens
Traveler Description: Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been home of the Digby family since 1617. Set in 40 acres of glorious 'Capability' Brown... more »
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

There are public footpaths all over the estate and these have recently been fenced either side to stop wandering off. Good job. However, what is the point of leaving huge gaps either sides of the gates and under the gates that all animals and humans can get through? Absolutely pointless! Yet another example of the castle estate lording it up... More

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Fawley, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'd been looking forward to visiting for over six months but was, sadly, a little disappointed. Admittedly there were two quite spectacular rooms and there was a 50 acre lake, but I don't think these warranted the entry fee. Unhappy that all photography was forbidden. Didn't rate the café for quality and value. Staff didn't appear very friendly.

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west sussex
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful undulating grounds with magnificent views. Didn't go in the house as we came to walk the dog. Could have spent all day there if we'd brought a picnic. Very helpful man on the gate tells you about all the different walks you can go on and how long they take. A low-profile place but beats most National Trust places... More

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Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit . Not crowded , plenty of interesting history. Good walk around the lake. The thatched hut was a great place to have our picnic.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Whilst touring around Dorset we thought we would visit the market town of Sherborne which is a stunning well kept and quaint town. After lunch we decided to visit the castle upon driving up the long drive towards the estate you sense that your visiting an impressive place. You stop at the main entrance gate to buy your tickets we... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

great way to spend a day didnt know there was so much history in such a small village somewhere that everyone could learn a little something dog friendly aprt from inside the castle it self

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langley hants
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

excellent day out,and reasonable as no charge for children under 15 years ,the staff in the Castle and Cafe were extremely friendly ,remembering my grandson name when he took me into the castle, as I stayed with the dogs,when the rest of my family went into the castle . It has some beautiful walks and scenery.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Approaching Sherborne Castle is impressive and you are welcomed at the gate where you need to buy your tickets. You then drive on to the Estate through beautifully landscaped gardens and up to the ample parking space. The house would never have received planning permission these days and can only be described as ugly from the outside but this does... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sherborne Castle is very well maintained with lots of attention to detail. We went with our young family and the grandparents. The staff were friendly and informative. A walk around the lake is a must, lovely views and a peak at the old castle.The cake in the cafe was delicious!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

As other reviewers have said this is stately home rather than a true castle. The house is nice enough, but little has been made of the full history, rather focus is on the Digby family when I suspect we, and others, would be more interested in the Raleigh period and the significant use of the house in both WWI and... More

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