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“Stunning grounds”
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 is open from 25th March 2016 to 30th October 2016. (Please refer to the website for more information). Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the home of the Digby family since 1617. It is steeped in history and has nationally important collections of Art, furniture and porcelain and has one of Capability Brown's finest landscapes. We are Ambassador site for the Capability Brown Tercentenary Festival celebrations.
Kent, United kingdom
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“Stunning grounds”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I visited in August with my family. As we had dogs with us we opted to just have a stroll around the grounds, rather than tour inside the castle. What stunningly beautiful grounds they are. We walked around the lake, looking at the beautiful plants and trees as we went along. There was a small waterfall, a folly, which the children loved and amazing views across the lake to the castle (which is really a grand country house, rather than a castle.) We particularly liked Raleighs Seat, where Sir Salter Ralaigh would sit and look at his grounds whilst also watching the passing traffic along gate adjacent road. It was also possible to see the old castle through a viewing point. Apparently Raliegh bought the old castle and tried to modernise it but eventually built the new Sherborne castle instead. We ended our visit in the charming tea garden, which is set within a beautiful walled garden, reminicscent of the secret garden of a favourite childhood novel. Beautiful cakes and delicious scones!

Visited August 2013
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“An excellent visit”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

My mother had come from New Zealand to visit to we went down visit a family friend in Dorset. She thought that this castle and its grounds would be a nice day trip for us.

She was right!

The gardens, the castle and the old castle ruins were amazing. Perhaps even take an old loaf of bread to feed the ducks!

The castle itself is in great condition and the guides inside were very helpful and interesting. The way around is set up wonderfully with no confusion except for one dead-end bit but it was worth is, and really what can you do in those situations!?

The walk around to the old castle was really peaceful and delightful. Even though you can't actually go into those grounds from the side of the new castle, if you walk around far enough there are just some steal gates which you can really get a good view of it from. Not the best but better than paying for two separate things unless you are a real castle nut (ain't nothing wrong with that lol)

A very nice trip indeed!

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“sherborne castle”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

The castle was very good with interesting history and the gardens were lovely, with a stunning lake. I would recommend a visit

Visited September 2013
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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“Amazing grounds”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Really enjoyed visiting Sherborne Castle. The guides are fantastic - friendly and really know their stuff! The grounds are beautiful, especially the lake.

Visited September 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Delightful Castle”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Cannot praise this property enough. All the staff were excellent and the inside of the house is truly breathtaking. A very pleasant cafe and the grounds are lovely. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Visited August 2013
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