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Sherborne Old Castle

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Worth a couple of hours

A good place to visit on a dry day. Great for hide and seek with young ones. Well kept and with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janet F
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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Interesting ruins

An evocative site and really interesting to learn the history behind it. And Raleigh was executed... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Farnham, United Kingdom
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Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir Walter Raleigh and later became a powerful Civil War Royalist base. It fell to Parliament after a fierce 11 day siege. Now a romantic ruin and home to a great range of...more
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Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place to visit on a dry day. Great for hide and seek with young ones. Well kept and with a good imagination, its possible to visualise parts of the castle. Mostly ruins but a lovely setting

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Janet F
Reviewed February 28, 2019 via mobile

Something eerie about this place, whether it’s the whole 1400’s vibe, or just the sense that you’re wondering inside a piece of history. Plus, you can walk through the moat and under the murder-holes. Every bit of structure worth seeing is annotated accurately and with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

The Green is a great place to eat in Sherborne and the Manager has worked out a choice of different menus that allows him to maintain competitiveness with the good local pubs but also a great a alar carte menu if you want a high...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronald J
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Stand between the ancient stones of Sherborne Old Castle and you can feel the passage of time come to life, recalling the windswept hills of Dorset and the countless people who have moved across this land. Totally good to visit, and while you are there,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed October 30, 2018

We visited Sherborne Castle, and had a walk up to the ruins of the old castle. These were mainly stacks of masonry and not much else, and were fenced off so you could not get too close, probably for H&S reasons, and to prevent further...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

An evocative site and really interesting to learn the history behind it. And Raleigh was executed 400 years ago this month so historically relevant!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

It helps that we visited on a lovely autumn day. Buy the book to get the full benefit of your visit to this delightfully situated piece of fascinating history

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Not a lot remaining of what was a large castle. Info panels useful and good view accross to new castle.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

This was a massive castle, situated in a good defensive hilltop location, with added protection from the low lying marshy land which is regularly prone to flooding. Sadly, the castle is just a ruin now, never restored following its destruction by Oliver Cromwell's army. This...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rocko1947
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I love visiting here. Visit often. It’s a ruins, don’t expect too much. Pleasant to walk around, and dog friendly.

Date of experience: July 2018
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October 12, 2018|
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Response from lenik75 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have only just seen this. Yes I got one at the little kiosk.
Riccardo C
June 2, 2016|
Response from Tomb2020 |
As a fortified palace for the Bishop of Salisbury who was one of the most powerful men in England after the king in the 12th century.