Sherborne Old Castle

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Sherborne Old Castle
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Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK6,336 contributions
Informative visit...
Sep 2021
Friendly and informative welcome, parked on site and then off to explore.
Its worth purchasing the guidebook but there are also information boards set around the site.
Good viewpoint, the visit gives the true perspective of the importance of this site and the castle's historic past.
Written October 6, 2021
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80Shelley
Bristol, UK161 contributions
Great Morning Out
Aug 2021
Great castle ruin to visit. There is a lot of space to explore, with some great views. There is also a New Sherborne Castle which you can visit.
Written August 23, 2021
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iggyg78
Ashington, UK94 contributions
The old castle
Aug 2021 • Family
A really nice castle to go and visit for an easy morning. It’s a ruin and there’s not loads to see but lots of informative boards and a lovely walkthrough the moat. Take a picnic and you can spend a bit longer there. Good to go here before going around the corner to the new castle.
Written August 21, 2021
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rod w
Telford, UK259 contributions
Great ruins
Jul 2021
An interesting look at history. Still had to book with English Heritage, I hadnt but they let me in as it was very quiet and only just opened.
Written August 18, 2021
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WestCountryGreenMan
Worthing, UK230 contributions
Amazing place to visit
Jul 2021
I was the first one to arrive when it opened for the day and for a good hour or so was the only one there.

Sherborne old castle is a really impressive place to visit and explore; there's enough of it left for you to get a reasonably good idea of what it would have looked like when it was complete. One thing I really liked was that there is an official walk around a good part of the moat which helps give an idea of how deep it is and how effective it would have been as a defence against invaders.
Written July 26, 2021
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KVJ166
Southampton, UK850 contributions
Worth a visit
May 2021 • Couples
A typical English Heritage ruin, worth a visit if history is your thing, more so if you are a local. Signage throughout the site explains the history clearly, guide books are available to purchase for more details.

We have annual membership to CADW who have a reciprocal agreement with English Heritage so took advantage of reduced admission whilst we were in the area. Pre booking is essential, there is a car park on site, we arrived whilst there was a service on at the adjacent church so the road leading up to the site was slightly chaotic, you could easily walk from Sherborne town centre.
Written June 20, 2021
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Oakesy23
Folkestone22 contributions
Photo Opportunity
Jun 2021
Unfortunately, due to Covid the main and Old Castle was not open but a nice photo opportunity. When things get back to normal hopefully fellow travellers will get to see the bits we missed but if it is anything like the grounds will be amazing. Sorry cannot provide more information. Debs & Mark. Kent.
Written June 19, 2021
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK342 contributions
Great Ruin.
Apr 2021
Impressive ruin , nice walk round and great views from the top. A quick visit is all that's needed. Car park close.
Written May 17, 2021
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geoffhanns
Liskeard, UK39 contributions
Difficult to get to
Aug 2020
I found it difficult to get to this place and perhaps my appreciation was skewed by this but it was not exciting .
Written October 5, 2020
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DannyB_11
London, UK150 contributions
Proper ruined castle
Sep 2020
Typical lovely English Heritage site, impressive ruin in peaceful grounds with lovely views. Great spot to break a journey with a picnic. No toilets or refreshments.
Written September 8, 2020
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