Sherborne Castles

Sherborne , Dorset, UK


Sherborne Castles, Sherborne , Dorset

Sherborne has two castles.

The now ruins of Sherborne Old castle which was built in the 12th century as a strongly defended palace, Sherborne Old Castle became a powerful Royalist base during the Civil War.

Sherborne Castle 'new castle' was built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh as a stately home and now reflects over 400 years of English history. The 42 acres of grounds includes the 50-acre lake created by Capability Brown in 1753 and magnificent landscaped gardens of specimen trees, borders and sweeping lawns. The Castle's interiors include collections of art, furniture and porcelain, together with Raleigh’s original kitchen, family artefacts and archaeological ‘finds’ from the old medieval castle on view in the castle cellars.

The Castle Tea Room serves morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas. The Gift Shop has a selection of gifts, souvenirs and our very own Sherborne Castle wines.

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