Welcome to Sherborne Castle, Dorset which has been our family home since 1617. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History.
You will find here a typical country home where each succeeding generation has left its imprint. Come and visit the Castle's rich interiors with its 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 castle cellars.
Please explore our 42 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting. Capability Brown in 1753 created the 50 acre lake and gave us the very latest in landscape gardening, with magnificent specimen trees, herbaceous borders and sweeping lawns.
We host wedding and civil ceremonies, receptions, a country fair, a firework extravaganza, classic car rallies, film crews and a variety of other corporate and private events. The gardens are appreciated by many visitors and groups who return throughout the year to enjoy their beauty through the seasons. Our Tea Room serves delicious light lunches and afternoon teas and the Gift Shop has a selection of gifts, souvenirs and our very own Sherborne Castle Wines.
We hope you will come and visit us and we look forward to welcoming you.
The Wingfield Digby Family
The United Kingdom once was and to a certain extent still is, a country that can be proud of its architectural achievements, Sherborne Castle is amongst those great architectural achievements. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 this great rural retreat is very much a tale of two castles. You have the old castle, the ruins of which can still be found on the grounds at Sherborne, and then there's the new castle, I say new, but of course this newer version was still built hundreds of years ago. Sherborne Castle along with its Grade 1 listed garden, hosts tours for 7 months of the year and I have to say that I enjoyed every minute of mine, so much so I would of gladly paid to go around again. Another thing worth mentioning about Sherborne is that it has survived within the same family for over 400 years and given the turbulent history of the past 400 years that is no mean feat.- Top 100 Review