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“Plenty to see at this 'Castle'”
Review of Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Sherborne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sherborne Castle and Gardens are open: 1st April - 29th October 2017, Gardens open from 10am, Tearoom 10.30, Castle and Gift Shop 11am. Closes at 5pm. Gardens Close at 6pm. Closed Mondays & Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday. Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been home of the Digby Family since 1617. 2018, marks our 400th Anniversary of owning the Castle. View magnificent staterooms, Raleigh's Kitchen and Museum and nationally important collections of Art, Porcelain and Furniture. Our Gardens were designed by "Capability Brown" and our one of the finest examples of an English Landscape Garden in the Southwest. Herbaceous Borders, Magnificent specimen trees and sweeping vistas surround a 50 acre Lake. A short and long walk is available.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Liked that lots of rooms are open to view & full of stunning decor, furniture & Digby family history. It was only open 2-4.30pm when we visited so check on the day. Also felt that £10 per adult entry was expensive. You could however walk to a viewing spot to see the old Castle saving you the English Heritage fee.

1  Thank Louise H
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I spent several hours at Sherborne Castle, the grounds are absolutely glorious.
There are walkways and paths, suitable for everyone, except for a few steep areas.
The 50 acre lake, along with the pockets of formal planting, and wooded areas make it a wonderful area for walkers.
The Castle itself, is a beautifully maintained.
The Rooms are all manned with very knowledgeable friendly staff, who are willing to answer any questions.
The Castle's connection with Sir Walter Rayleigh, is most evident in the oldest part of the Castle, and the later editions to the House, by the Digby Family are elegantly furnished.

All in all, even on a day where it rained on and off, the Castle is well worth the £10 combined entrance fee.
Although a ticket for the grounds only is available for £5.
On a nice day, you could happily spend all day here.
Refreshments available from the Tea Shop, Picnic tables available around the grounds.
Dog Walkers, and children on bikes etc, all seemed welcome.

1  Thank essexgran2016
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Quite a lot to see here but a fairly hefty charge to get in - no discount for NT members. Staff very good and interactive, and plenty of information available. The history of the place is well explained and inteseting. However, note that for NT members there are other stately homes (its not really a castle as such) which are free to visit in Dorset once you pay your subscription. Didn't use the cafe.

Thank Jahknee
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Really interesting visit to the old house. One family have lived here for over 400 years.The rooms looked lived in, not museum like. Staff helpful and knowledgeable.
the grounds are lovely and well worth a walk around

Thank klingoneddie
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a must see attraction with absolutely beautiful grounds and a stunning caslte. We had a lovely day out, & enjoyed our lunch in the Tearooms which we found the staff to be extrememly helpful & the food was delicious. We would defintely visit again & reccomend it!

2  Thank Brenda M
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