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Address: Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1935 812730
10:00 - 17:00
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Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir...

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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Nice afternoon.

Nice castle to visit. Take a picnic the children can run around for hours playing hide and seek. Good for the whole family

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a look. Espically if your into all this. The area is so clean and perfect. The ruins are keep I excellent condition, considering Cromwell nearly blasted it to bits.

Thank Jackie M
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect for picnics with seating surrounding the site and plenty of information boards to learn about the history of the castle. I bought a guide book which was excellent and full of history about the site.

Thank poppyh98
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Nice castle to visit. Take a picnic the children can run around for hours playing hide and seek. Good for the whole family

Thank DorsetIcecream
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

its a castle whats more to say, reasonably priced great way to pass a few hours, will visit again soon

Thank Harry M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit this castle during a quick stay in Somerset. The castle itself was quite small but perfectly formed! The insides were very interesting with staff in each room guiding you around the items of interest. The grounds were amazing, beautiful autumnal colours.

Thank mandybkent
Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We decided to come here as we had a 'two for one' offer with English Heritage but it would have been worth the full admission. You may think that a heap of ruins couldn't be interesting but it was very well explained so that you can visualise what would have been there.

Thank Barbara R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Explore the keep and ramparts of Bishop Roger's castle. Plenty of space for youngsters to run off some energy.

Thank Jon R
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

There's a clue in the name - it's the "old" castle and it's not a stately home. This does not mean that it is not worth visiting or that it is only suitable for a stroll and the views from it; there's a lot of history here. It was built not by a king or baron, but a bishop who... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to take a look but didn't know you would have to pay to see it. As it's the old castle there is very little of it left and thought it too expensive £4.50 each to see it. So took a quick look at the outside and left. I certainly would not pay to hardly see... More 

Thank Mancini1970
Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We went on a good day for outdoor persuits. Our only concern was that it was costly for what it is. Available information was limited without laying out more money. It would benefit from having a discounted price if you are visiting old and new castles together!

Thank Nigel W

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