Sherborne Castle

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home to the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle is a historic house which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English history.

'Capability' Brown created the 50-acre lake in 1753 and gave Sherborne the very latest in landscape gardening, with magnificent specimen trees, borders and sweeping lawns in one of his finest Lakeland landscapes.

Permanent collections

The Castle's rich interiors are home to splendid 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 cellars. The earliest picture in the Castle is the famous Procession of Queen Elizabeth I, attributed to Robert Peake the Elder, familiar from many books about the Tudors.

Visitor information

Sherborne Castle Tea Room serves morning coffees, light lunches and delicious afternoon teas. The Gift Shop has a selection of gifts, souvenirs and Sherborne Castle's very own wines. Please note that sharp-heeled shoes are not permitted for viewing inside the castle owing to the damage that they cause.

Venue details

Sherborne Castle New Road, Sherborne Dorset DT9 5NR 01935 812072

Entry details

£8.50 with National Art Pass (Standard entry £11)

25 Mar - 30 Oct

Tue – Thur, Sat – Sun including bank holidays, 10am ​– 6.30pm

Tue ​– Thur, Sat – Sun including bank holidays, 11am ​– 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)

Opening times and admission charges may change on special event days. National Art Pass discount will not be valid on special event days.