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Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
+44 1935 812730
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Great place to visit but difficult to find!

Sherborne in general is a great place to visit - lovely town, great Abbey and two castles. Also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Agnieszka P
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Brilliant day out. Ticks loads of boxes

Beautiful castle. Ideal for family day out as kids can run around while adults admire the ruins... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
traff58
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir Walter Raleigh and later became a powerful Civil War Royalist base. It fell to Parliament after a fierce 11 day siege. Now a romantic ruin and home to a great range of wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sherborne in general is a great place to visit - lovely town, great Abbey and two castles. Also good parking. Old castle is a ruin but very very romantic and with great views over new castle. Has littles EH shop on site with friendly staff...More

Thank Agnieszka P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful castle. Ideal for family day out as kids can run around while adults admire the ruins. Best bit about English Heritage is that they are not precious and snobby about their properties (and the price is very reasonable) and welcome people to come and...More

Thank traff58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As with a lot of smaller English Heritage places, the facilities are less than desirable, a portaloo be a good example. But the on site staff person was very welcoming and friendly. The ruin itself is standard, not a huge amount to explore, but the...More

Thank JimmyJam75
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You need £2 for parking in coins, but this is taken off your entry price. Or park at the church lower down for free if you haven't got change. Tidy well maintained castle ruins. Not to be mixed up with the new castle next to...More

Thank Hana S
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Although now in ruins English Heritage are doing a good job at keeping it as preserved as possible for us and generations to come. Compared to some ruined castles there is not too much to see, but with the help of the various notice boards...More

Thank suzyq171
Reviewed 20 July 2017

If you want to build a castle, this would be the ideal site. The English Heritage caretaking shows this beautiful ruin off to perfection, the grounds are beautifully kept and the ticket office and gift shop have a very helpful custodian. Well worth a half...More

Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 14 July 2017

An interesting relic of our past to spend an hour perusing our history. Wouldnt do it without the guidebook (£4). We enjoyed it on a beautiful summers day, if wet might not have been so much fun. But a stunning ruin, especially some of the...More

1  Thank rod w
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a great place to spend an hour or two. Stunning old ruins of a castle. A audio commentary would be useful - the new castle is only a short distance away. Worth a look though.

Thank Yorkshirebird27
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Whilst the website is very good, there is a lack of signs "on the ground"; I only saw one road sign for the Castle and the car park directions could do with improving. There is no audio guide and only one unisex Portaloo, which on...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Built by Henry1st's righthand man, acquired by Walter Raleigh and runied by the Parliamentary army, old Sherborne Castle oozes history. Great location to wander round with beautiful Dorset views.

Thank YeovilOrchid
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Riccardo C
3 June 2016|
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As a fortified palace for the Bishop of Salisbury who was one of the most powerful men in England after the king in the 12th century.
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