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Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road | Sherborne, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
+44 1935 812072
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Walter Raleigh's old home! This house is set in beautiful grounds, overlooking a huge lake. An... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cheetah2017
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
Sherborne Castle and Gardens

We visited Sherborne when they had a special event day. We watched the falconry display and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
770trio
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Essex, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Sherborne Castle New Road | Sherborne, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walter Raleigh's old home! This house is set in beautiful grounds, overlooking a huge lake. An interesting house to go round but it's not really a castle! Privately run by the Digby family. A bit expensive but free to HHA members. I've been loads of...More

Thank cheetah2017
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Lovely to read that you are a regular visitor. Top Tip - It would be more cost effective for you to become a Season Ticket Holder. The July to December, half yearly ticket is £35 for the Castle and Garden and £30 for just the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Sherborne when they had a special event day. We watched the falconry display and the jousting tournament, which were very entertaining. Unfortunately we ran out of time so didn't get the chance to look around the castle, but the grounds were very pretty....More

Thank 770trio
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming to our Jousting Tournament. We are thrilled that you found it entertaining. Please do return and see the interior of the castle. I appreciate your comments about my shop. We actively strive not to be like the National Trust and I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to set aside a few hours to do this justice. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and seemed to love imparting their knowledge onto the visitors. It was very interesting seeing an insight into the castle and the history. We also walked...More

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MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely photos and for taking the time to write a review. Judging by the photo of the front of the Castle you brought the sun with you, so thank you again. We hope to see you here again very soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We paid for entrance to the Gardens only so cannot speak for the Castle itself, other than to say that it looked very striking, very old and very distinctive from the outside. The two members of staff we had contact with - the person at...More

Thank cltc43
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting our garden and for taking the trouble to review us. I will pass your comments on to the Gate and Shop Team who will be delighted. We agree with your comments about the running of the two castles. Sadly this is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a lot to do here so leave yourself plenty of time. There are some walks are through some lovely gardens and down by a lake. The house itself was very periodic and grand - the staff were very informative and helpful. We visited the...More

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MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for recommending us and for your kind review. Hope to see you here again very soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic house! No question. I've visited thousands of properties over the years and this is one of the best - no question. It looks poo on the outside - mix of stonework and pebbledash, but once inside;OMG! Absolutely fascinating history about not...More

Thank Phil D
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your FANTASTIC review and for recommending us so heartily. You have made my day! Hope to see you back here very soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had always longed to visit here as I was brought up with Sir Walter Raleigh as my childhood hero. To actually visit his house and walk where he had walked was amazing! The whole house was splendid, aided maybe by the glorious weather we...More

Thank Sally R
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thanks for your amazing review. We are really thrilled that you had a wonderful day out. We are so glad that you enjoyed walking in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh. What a shame that you were affected by Hay Fever. You may be...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Dorset we decided to re-visit Sherborne Castle. Perhaps, from the outside it is not so pretty, but once inside, the rooms are delightful, with plenty of information and really helpful and friendly guides in each room. You can imagine actually...More

Thank Sue A
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

How lovely you have returned. We are thrilled that you had a lovely day out and THANKS SO MUCH for recommending us. We hope to see you here very soon.

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Domestic scale house converted from a hunting lodge and later extended. Most guides were knowledgeable and engaging and interesting furniture and artefacts. Sadly few of Raleigh's possessions still remain and the view towards the lake and old castle is largely obscured by treesMore

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MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your 5* review and for visiting us. Next year, 2018 marks the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh's untimely execution for treason. If Sir Walter's Raleigh's story is of interest to you, we will be launching a new book which...More

Reviewed 7 June 2017

Even though I was born in Dorset this was my first visit to Sherborne and the Castle. Do not miss it!! The Castle itself is wonderful - so much family history. Totally fascinating! The guides inside were so helpful and friendly. We did the longer...More

Thank Vanya C
MariaWingfieldDigby, Owner at Sherborne Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for the most gorgeous review. We are thrilled that you had an enjoyable time and we look forward to seeing you here very soon. It all goes to show that everything in life you want is always on your doorstep.

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AuraUk
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Response from Eddie T | Reviewed this property |
the castle is a very short walk from the station
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Christopher F
14 August 2016|
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Response from TSBristol | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late reply - you've probably found the answer out already! It's a while since we went but I'm pretty sure there is access for scooter and wheelchairs but I'll be honest I'm not 100% sure.
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