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Sherborne Castle & Gardens

Beautiful landscaped parkland and two castles to explore.

  • 4.5

  • from 805 Google reviews

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About the garden

Discover 42 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and lakes at Sherborne, created by the legendary garden designer 'Capability Brown' - a stunning example of his craft. This gently rolling landscape was designed in the 18th century, but made famous much earlier by the history of its two castles - the ruins of the oldest building date from the 12th century, while the more modern castle was home to Sir Walter Raleigh and hosted King William of Orange.

The Grade 1 listed gardens are full of life throughout the year, with swathes of spring bulbs and beautiful autumn foliage that is reflected perfectly in the still waters of the lake. In the Orangery bed, summer is a riot of colour, with herbaceous borders cascading down the hillside towards the water, set off beautifully by formal hedging, while the waterfalls along the riverside are stunning at any time of year. Take your time to wander through the site along woodland paths and you will discover grassy glades, filled with the sound of birdsong.

The 'new' castle, dating back to the late 16th century, houses collections of national importance, with beautiful porcelain, art and furniture of historical significance on display. Visitors are permitted to upgrade garden tickets to a castle ticket on entry, subject to availability.

Contactless entry is available with Candide tickets and Sherborne requests that everyone adhere to social distancing guidelines on site. More details.

Opening times

GARDENS 10AM - 4.30PM Tuesday - Sunday 1 Apr - 14 Nov 2021 (Last Entry 3.30PM) CASTLE (closed) 12PM - 3PM 3 - 5, 10 - 12 & 17 - 19 Sep (Fri - Sun) (Last Entry 3PM)

Useful details

Garden area

42 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a .cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Dorset, DT9 5NR

Check local coronavirus guidance before you visit

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Find the garden

Sherborne Castle & Gardens
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Public Transport
London Waterloo to Exeter St.
Davids services call at Sherborne (approx 2 hours 15 minutes from London).
The Castle is a 10 minute walk from Sherborne Station, and a local taxi firm can be found just outside the station.
Visit South West Trains for time table and fare information.
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 805 Google reviews

Claire Morgan

6 months ago


Only the grounds were open. We spent the afternoon wandering around them and they were lovely. You cannot beat Capability Brown's designs, always with the quiet trickle of water and wonderful views.

Sarah Thomson

3 months ago


A lovely day out. Beautiful, clean, peaceful. Staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. We enjoyed ourselves very much and will definitely visit again....and again.

Shirley Theedam

3 months ago


House was closed on day we went but the gardens are gorgeous. Walked around the lake, saw the water fall and could see the old castle from a view point. Lovely little museum and cafe.

Hilary Moss

7 months ago


We loved the beautiful gardens, the huge lake and the waterfall. I have only given four stars as the tearoom was disappointing. There was very little choice, the staff were a bit off hand and the pasties, having been reheated in a microwave, were soggy. However, there were plenty of seats (often lacking in other places) where we could sit and enjoy the stunning views of the lake and castle. We really enjoyed this first visit and hope to come back after Covid restrictions are lifted.

Sue Homer

7 months ago


This has been a regular for many years. Unfortunately the car parking arrangements have changed. We used to enjoy picnics in our campervan on the grass by the house so on our latest visit we drove out and went elsewhere. The house and gardens are fabulous but sadly now picnicking in the new car park is not for us.

Contact the garden

01935 813182

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