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Sherborne Castle & Gardens

Beautiful landscaped parkland and two castles to explore.

  • 4.5

  • from 816 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 opening Times April – September 10am – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm) October 10am – 4.30pm (Last Entry 3.30pm) Castle opening times April 15th – September 17th 12pm – 4pm (Last Entry 3pm) The opening days for the castle are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May, June and September and everyday throughout July and August, plus bank holidays.

Useful details

Garden area

42 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).



Dorset, DT9 5NR

Tickets available

Events available

Check local coronavirus guidance before you visit

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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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Things to see

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Upcoming events

Autumn Colours Weekend

Oct 22 - Oct 23 10:00-16:30

Enjoy reduced price entry to the gardens for this Autumnal spectacular show of colour. Super location for a safe meet up with family and friends.

Buy tickets

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Gardens Day Ticket

ONLY valid for garden access. You may upgrade to castle access on entry, subject to availability.

Open Ticket - valid for entry on one day only - reuse not permitted.

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Castle & Gardens Day Ticket

ONLY valid on days the Castle is open

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May, June and September and everyday throughout July and August, plus bank holidays.

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RHS Members

Partner Garden - Free entry to gardens on selected dates.

Historic Houses Members

Free entry.

Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 816 Google reviews

Claire Morgan

10 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

7 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.

Anke Becker

4 weeks ago


We visited the gardens as the castle was closed. The gardens alone are amazing and well worth a visit. So beautiful and peaceful and so much history there.

Dan Hawkins

a month ago


Stunning gardens this Easter and a great place to walk and enjoy the tranquility and history of this place. We just did the gardens this time, and the Easter trail was well laid out and easily doable. Minimal other things to do (hense only three stars), but that suited us just fine.

Sioned Williams

3 weeks ago


I will give it 5 star as its a beautiful and interesting place with plenty to see. Butthw last room with the smell things made me throw up as I got back to the car park, and all the way back home, which was 1 and half hour drive, I had to have the window wide open all the way as it made me very sick. I don't know if anyone has experienced this

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01935 813182

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