Sherborne Castle and Gardens, Sherborne, Dorset

Sir Walter Raleigh built this place in 1594; when he was imprisoned it returned to the crown, being acquired by Sir John Digby in 1617 and remaining in the family ever since. It looks quite austere from the outside but inside you’ll find magnificent state rooms, rare furniture and porcelain, and some nationally important art collections. Down in the cellars you can see the Tudor kitchens and a museum with artefacts from the Civil War, and some fascinating fossils.
The grounds are glorious, centred around a vast 50 acre lake to form a picturesque landscape designed by Capability Brown; sweeping lawns, huge specimen trees and borders bursting with colour and perfume. The paths around the gardens will take you to some charming features; the Cascade, the Folly, and Raleigh’s Seat. There’s a delightful Courtyard Garden, a Gingko Lawn and an Orangery adjacent to the boathouse and pier where you can get a jolly good view of the medieval castle ruins.
The castle has a gift shop and a tea room, and dogs are welcome in the gardens on short leads. They’ll do discounted rates for bigger groups and under 16’s go free.
Sherborne Castle and Gardens are open from the end of March to the end of October, though are closed Mondays and Fridays (except for Bank Holiday Mondays). The gardens are open 10.00am-6.00pm and the castle from 11.00am-5.00pm, with last admissions at 4.15pm.

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